June 30, 2014
SKILLMAN, NJ - Fresh off the program's best ever finish at the 2014 NCAA Championship, the Johns Hopkins women's tennis team is ranked fourth in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Poll. The Blue Jays finish in the top 10 of the ITA poll for the second straight season and third time since 2009. Hopkins is also ranked second in the ITA Atlantic South and four players are ranked either nationally or regionally for singles and/or doubles.
The number four ranking is the highest final national ranking in program history. Hopkins has been ranked number one, during the regular season, five times in the last two years. The Blue Jays finished a program-best fourth at the NCAA Championship in May and turned in a school-record 24 wins, going 24-3. Hopkins won its eighth straight Centennial Conference title and second consecutive ITA National Team Indoor title this season.
Freshman Amanda Austi is ranked seventh nationally in singles and third in the Atlantic South. She is the only freshman in the top 10 and Hopkins is the only Division III program with a male and female freshman ranked in the top 10 in singles. Michael Buxbaum is ranked fifth nationally in singles for the Hopkins men's program. Austi, who was also named an ITA All-American, is the first player in program history to earn a top-10 ranking in singles (regular season or final poll). She is just the third freshman in program history to earn All-America honors and the first to do so since 2011. Austi went 16-7 in singles and 9-4 in doubles in her rookie campaign and earned a bid to the NCAA Singles Championship. She won her first match before falling to eventual semifinalist, Kathleen Elkins of Williams, in the round of 16.
Also ranked in the season's final poll were senior Hailey Hogan, sophomore Sydney Lehman and freshman Ashnaa Rao. Hogan and Lehman are ranked 20th nationally in doubles and sixth in the region. Lehman is ranked 35th nationally and 10th in the Atlantic South in singles, while Rao is ranked 17th in the region. Hogan and Lehman combined for a 10-6 record and advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Southeast Championship in September. Hogan finished her career ranked in the top 10 in singles wins (6th 50), singles matches played (4th 71), doubles wins (2nd 61), doubles matches played (2nd 85), total wins (4th 111) and total matches played (4th 156). Lehman went 13-1 in singles in her sophomore season and was an unbeaten 9-0 in dual matches. With just two seasons under her belt, she ranks 24th in school history in singles wins (28). Lehman also advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Southeast Singles Championship last fall, losing to Austi in three sets. Rao finished her rookie season with a 9-4 singles mark, including a 3-1 record versus ranked opponents, and 9-5 record in doubles. She made it to the quarterfinals of the ITA Southeast Singles Championship before missing more than a month in the spring due to injury.