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TEMPE, Ariz. – Emory, the defending NCAA Division III national champions, are the No. 1-ranked team in the 2016 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Women’s Division III Fall Rankings, as announced on Tuesday by Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Top 10 rankings mirror the final spring rankings from 2016, with Williams at No. 2, Middlebury at No. 3, Bowdoin at No. 4, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at No. 5, Pomona-Pitzer at No. 6, Amherst at No. 7, Wesleyan at No. 8, Tufts at No. 9 and Chicago at No. 10.

Emory is also home to the top-ranked singles player and doubles team. Bridget Harding, who won the Division III women’s single title at the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup, leads the singles rankings, ahead of Juli Raventos of Williams and two-time defending NCAA champion, Eudice Chong of Wesleyan. Rounding out the Top 10 are Rebecca Ho (Washington University-St. Louis), Megan Humphreys (UW-Whitewater), Caroline Casper (Pomona-Pitzer), Ashnaa Rao (Johns Hopkins), Brooke Donnelly (Washington & Lee), Kathy Joseph (UT Dallas) and Vickie Ip (Amherst).

Harding and doubles partner Katarina Su won the Division III title at the ITA Oracle Cup, and earned the national No. 1 ranking in the process. Mikey Barthelmass and Rao of Johns Hopkins, runners-up to Emory at the ITA Oracle Cup, are the No. 2-ranked team, with Ho and Kaylan Griffith of Washington University-St. Louis at No. 3, Chong and Victoria Yu of Wesleyan at No. 4 and Raventos and Linda Shin of Williams at No. 5.

The next set of national rankings will be released on March 2, 2017.

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 http://www.itatennis.com/ResultsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.