Anderson, Alvarez Llamas End Season Atop Oracle/ITA Division I National Singles Rankings
SKILLMAN, NJ (June 3) - With the 2014-15 season officially over, UCLA's Robin Anderson and Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez Llamas finished the year as the nation's top players in the final Oracle/ITA National Singles Rankings. Final regional rankings for team, singles and doubles were also released.
Oklahoma's Alvarez Llamas, a junior, finishes the season No. 1 in the Oracle/ITA Division I National Men's Singles Rankings. He started the season by winning his second consecutive USTA/ITA Central Regional Singles Championship and advancing to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship. In the spring, Alvarez Llamas strung together 23 straight dual-match singles triumphs, out-muscling his 13-match streak last year. The junior finished the season 39-6 in singles and also garnered the No. 8 spot in the doubles rankings with partner Dane Webb.
Robin Anderson, the No. 1 ranked player in the preseason rankings, posted a 27-3 singles record as a senior and held the No. 1 ranking for the final seven editions. In the fall, she was champion of the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, adding to titles in previous seasons that include USTA/ITA Southwest Regional Singles and Doubles Championships and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Singles Championship. MVP of UCLA's 2014 NCAA Championship season, Anderson registered over 200 combined win during her collegiate career with a singles record of 127-15 and a 100-39 mark in doubles.
In women's doubles, Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen of Alabama achieve the year-end No. 1 ranking for the second straight season on the heels of their second consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship. They became the first female duo to defend its NCAA doubles title since 1999 and only the third to successfully win back-to-back titles. Ranked No. 1 in the fall preseason rankings, Routliffe and Jansen fell in January but regained the top ranking in mid-April for the final four editions this season. The sophomore-junior pairing has a two-year record together of 57-8.
Baylor's Julian Lenz and Diego Galeano finished as the top-ranked men's doubles team. Lenz and Galeano, who had not played together prior to this season, went 26-3 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals. The junior-senior duo rattled off 19 consecutive victories during an unbeaten streak that lasted nearly three full months. Their final six wins were against teams that finished in the Top 30 of the Oracle/ITA Rankings and included a victory over the 2014 NCAA Doubles Champions, Tennessee's Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis.
Top 25 Caliber: Below is a listing of all the players that earned a Top 25 ranking in both singles and doubles in the final Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. In total, 25 players (10 men and 15 women) were able to accomplish this feat.
|Axel Alvarez Llamas||University of Oklahoma||Robin Anderson||UCLA|
|Ryan Shane||University of Virginia||Carol Zhao||Stanford|
|Mackenzie McDonald||UCLA||Jamie Loeb||North Carolina|
|Julian Lenz||Baylor University||Brooke Austin||University of Florida|
|Søren Hess-Olesen||University of Texas||Maegan Manasse||California|
|Andrew Harris||University of Oklahoma||Lauren Herring||University of Georgia|
|Gonzales Austin||Vanderbilt University||Stephanie Wagner||University of Miami (Florida)|
|Mikelis Libietis||University of Tennessee||Sydney Campbell||Vanderbilt University|
|Yannick Hanfmann||University of Southern California||Giuliana Olmos||University of Southern California|
|Roberto Quiroz||University of Southern California||Viktoriya Lushkova||Oklahoma State University|
|Ema Burgic||Baylor University|
|Astra Sharma||Vanderbilt University|
Top 25 Oracle/ITA Singles Rankings
|1. Axel Alvarez Llamas||University of Oklahoma||1. Robin Anderson||UCLA|
|2. Ryan Shane||University of Virginia||2. Carol Zhao||Stanford|
|3. Mackenzie McDonald||UCLA||3. Jamie Loeb||North Carolina|
|4. Julian Lenz||Baylor University||4. Brooke Austin||University of Florida|
|5. Noah Rubin||Wake Forest University||5. Julia Elbaba||University of Virginia|
|6. Søren Hess-Olesen||University of Texas||6. Maegan Manasse||California|
|7. Quentin Monaghan||University of Notre Dame||7. Lauren Herring||University of Georgia|
|8. Andrew Harris||University of Oklahoma||8. Josie Kuhlman||University of Florida|
|9. Sebastian Stiefelmeyer||University of Louisville||9. Stephanie Wagner||University of Miami (Florida)|
|10. Gonzales Austin||Vanderbilt University||10. Sydney Campbell||Vanderbilt University|
|11. Nicolas Alvarez||Duke University||11. Danielle Collins||University of Virginia|
|12. Thai-Son Kwiatkowski||University of Virginia||12. Julia Jones||University of Mississippi|
|13. Mikelis Libietis||University of Tennessee||13. Chanelle Van Nguyen||UCLA|
|14. Yannick Hanfmann||University of Southern California||14. Hayley Carter||North Carolina|
|15. Winston Lin||Columbia University||15. Giuliana Olmos||University of Southern California|
|16. Brayden Schnur||North Carolina||16. Joana Eidukonyte||Clemson University|
|17. Mitchell Frank||University of Virginia||17. Viktoriya Lushkova||Oklahoma State University|
|18. Dominik Koepfer||Tulane University||18. Lorraine Guillermo||Pepperdine|
|19. Nik Scholtz||University of Mississippi||19. Ema Burgic||Baylor University|
|20. Romain Bogaerts||Wake Forest University||20. Sinead Lohan||University of Miami (Florida)|
|21. Jared Hiltzik||University of Illinois||21. Astra Sharma||Vanderbilt University|
|22. Roberto Cid||University of South Florida||22. Taylor Davidson||Stanford|
|23. Roberto Quiroz||University of Southern California||23. Klara Fabikova||California|
|24. Ronnie Schneider||North Carolina||24. Jennifer Brady||UCLA|
|25. Cameron Norrie||TCU||25. Natalie Beazant||Rice University|
|1. Lenz/Galeano||Baylor University||1. Routliffe/Jansen||University of Alabama|
|2. Wagland/Smith||University of Georgia||2. Zhao/Davidson||Stanford|
|3. Libietis/Reese||University of Tennessee||3. Austin/Keegan||University of Florida|
|4. Quiroz/Hanfmann||University of Southern California||4. Gumulya/Rompies||Clemson University|
|5. Corinteli/Shane||University of Virginia||5. Harrison/McPhillips||UCLA|
|6. Glasspool/Hess-Olesen||University of Texas||6. Perez/Herring||University of Georgia|
|7. Metka/Steinbach||Ohio State University||7. Susanyi/Fabikova||California|
|8. Alvarez Llamas/Webb||University of Oklahoma||8. Doyle/Tsay||Stanford|
|9. Austin/Johnson||Vanderbilt University||9. Manasse/Starr||California|
|10. Adams/Vinsant||Texas A&M University||10. Flickinger/Burgmans||Auburn University|
Top Freshmen: Thirteen freshman (8 men, 5 women) earned a place in the year-end Top 50. The Florida women had two players finish Top 10, while Wake Forest's Noah Rubin was the only male player to crack the Top 10.
|5. Noah Rubin||Wake Forest University||4. Brooke Austin||University of Florida|
|11. Nicolas Alvarez||Duke University||8. Josie Kuhlman||University of Florida|
|25. Cameron Norrie||TCU||20. Sinead Lohan||University of Miami (Florida)|
|26. Wayne Montgomery||University of Georgia||21. Astra Sharma||Vanderbilt University|
|31. Guillermo Nuñez||TCU||45. Ellen Perez||University of Georgia|
|35. Tom Fawcett||Stanford University|
|47. Christopher Eubanks||Georgia Tech|
|50. Collin Altamirano||University of Virginia|
About the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings
As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings that are designed to track the top men's and women's teams, along with singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA, Junior Colleges and California Junior Colleges. For full rankings information, please visit www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.