Bulldogs Achieve Best Final ITA National Ranking in School History
Undefeated Ivy League Champions Ranked No. 29 in Final Poll
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Ivy League champion Yale women's tennis team was ranked No. 29 in the country in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, which were released Tuesday. That is Yale's highest final ITA ranking in the 28 seasons of rankings available on the ITA website.
The Bulldogs, who were undefeated Ivy League champions and won an NCAA tournament match for the second time in school history, were the highest-ranked Ivy League team in the final poll -- 35 spots ahead of the next-best team, No. 64 Brown. In addition to winning the Ivy title, the Bulldogs also won their fourth straight ITA Indoor Championship.
Yale also had one of the biggest dual-match wins in school history this past January, knocking off Notre Dame 4-3 in the ITA Kickoff tournament. The Fighting Irish finished the season ranked No. 19. In that same tournament the Bulldogs also almost upset Michigan, losing 4-3 to a Wolverines team that went on to finish No. 14 in the country.
Yale was 20-4 overall, and had a 10-match winning streak at the end of the season that was snapped by No. 5 Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In March, the Bulldogs reached an all-time in-season high in the ITA rankings (No. 18).
The ITA has ranked the top 75 teams since 1997, and Yale's previous high final ITA ranking was No. 31 (last season). The previous high before that was No. 46 in 2010. This is the fourth straight season Yale has improved its final ITA ranking from the previous year.
The ITA rankings date back to 1982. The 1978 Yale team was No. 18 in the Women's Large-College Tennis Coaches' Poll.
The final ITA regional rankings, singles rankings and doubles rankings will be released next week.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity