TEMPE, Ariz. - The first rankings of the 2017-18 season for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) were announced, presented by Oracle. Three Sewanee women's tennis players were listed in the Atlantic South Region Rankings, while two of the three also earned a national ranking.
Catherine Owen, who finished as a singles semifinalist in the ITA Regionals a few weeks ago, leads Sewanee with a No. 32 mark in the top-50 rankings. She is also the seventh-best player in the Atlantic South region.
Owen went 4-1 in the tournament in singles action in her first collegiate tournament for the Tunica, Miss. native.
Clementina Davila begins her senior campaign ranked 38th nationally and 10th regionally. The Mexico City, Mexico native won two matches in the ITA regional.
The duo of Owen/Davila also were ranked in doubles. They are ranked 14th nationally and fourth regionally. The team finished as a finalist in the ITA Regional, falling to the No. 2 team nationally in Bridget Harding/Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico of Emory.
Also receiving a regional ranking is Christina Merchant, who is placed 15th in the Atlantic South region. She finished as a quarterfinalist in the ITA Regionals last September.
The next national rankings by the ITA will be announced on Jan. 18, while the next regional rankings will be released on Mar. 29.
The 2018 season will start with a six-match homestand, beginning on Feb. 16 against Brenau.