Three Sewanee Tennis Athletes Ranked Nationally in Oracle/ITA Singles Rankings

Credit: Isabel Butler
Credit: Isabel Butler

Women: National Singles Rankings | Atlantic South Rankings
Men: National Singles Rankings | Atlantic South Rankings

TEMPE, Ariz. - Announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) on Thursday, three student-athletes from the Sewanee men's and women's tennis programs were all ranked in the first Oracle/ITA Division III National Singles Rankings of the 2019-20 season. Additionally, five players were listed on the Atlantic South Region Rankings in both singles and doubles.

Catherine Owen, Andres Carro and Jordan Brewer were all listed in both the national singles rankings and region rankings. Additionally, Emma Smith, Liam Baer and Hugh Graham were on the region rankings.

Catherine Owen is ranked 46th in the nation in Singles. The Tunica, Miss. native won two matches in the ITA Regional Championships singles main draw back in late September before falling in the quarterfinals.

Also ranked 11th in the Atlantic South region, the junior is 62-28 in singles play, and last year, her 12-7 record not only earned her a spot at the 2019 NCAA Individual Championships, but it was also good enough to be named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Newcomer of the Year.

Emma Smith also made it to the quarterfinals in the draw, claiming two wins against Kimia Rahmani of N.C. Wesleyan and Katie Chang of Emory. Thanks to this performance, the Mount Pleasant, S.C. native is placed 15th in singles play in the Atlantic South region.

Andres Carro, after finishing in the semifinals of the main draw of the regional championships, earned a national singles ranking of 34th in the nation. The Memphis, Tenn. native earned four wins to reach the semis in the event last September.

The 2019 SAA Player of the Year has a career 48-21 singles record as he enters the 2020 spring schedule ranked fifth in the Atlantic South region.

Jordan Brewer also earned a spot in the main draw semifinals, and because of the performance, he is ranked 36th in singles. The McKinney, Texas native won four matches in the regional event, taking down Will Wanner of Emory before downing Ritwik Chatterjee of Rhodes in three sets in a massive quarterfinal showdown. Additionally, he is ranked eighth in the region in singles competition.

Finishing with a 16-7 record in singles last season, the senior is 48-25 in his career with the Tigers in singles play.

In doubles, Liam Baer and Hugh Graham are ranked eighth in the region after the duo won three matches and finished in the main flight of the regional championships.

Team rankings are scheduled for an announcement on Jan. 16 by the ITA.

Both teams will officially open the spring schedule on Feb. 15 with a home doubleheader against Piedmont and Hanover.

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