The Oklahoma women’s tennis team received its highest preseason ranking in program history when the ITA placed the Sooners at No. 24 Tuesday. The program’s previous high was No. 25 in 2012.
The Sooners are coming off of a benchmark 2014 season in which they achieved the highest regular season ranking in program history at No. 14. The team finished with a record of 17-7 and reached the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament for the second time under OU head coach David Mullins and just the third time in school history.
“The preseason rankings reflect the success we had last year, but this is a new season with a new team and new goals and aspirations,” said Mullins. “We won’t spend much time concerning ourselves with where we stand in the rankings until at least 10 matches into the campaign.”
Despite losing four seniors and multiple All-Big 12 selections to graduation, Mullins welcomed six freshmen that make up a 2014 class ranked No. 24 by TennisRecruiting.net. The class includes four international players.
The Sooners returned senior Abbi Melrose, juniors Emma Devine and Zita Engbroks, and sophomores Morgan Chumney and Ann Pepper. The team also welcomed junior Mimi Fotopoulos, a TCU transfer, this fall.
“This team is very capable of playing at a top 25 level,” said Mullins. “We look forward to taking full advantage of the opportunities we have coming up in the weeks ahead.”
The Sooners begin the season Jan. 20 at the Headington Family Tennis Center against North Texas at 1 p.m.