Sept. 4, 2009
Complete Preseason Singles Rankings
Complete Preseason Doubles Rankings
EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern junior Maria Mosolova, a two-time All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year honoree, received the top overall singles ranking in the preseason Campbell/ITA College Tennis poll Friday. Mosolova, who finished the 2008-09 campaign ranked No. 2 in the nation, will own the top seed in the upcoming Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles.
Last season, Mosolova spent 10 weeks atop the singles rankings and claimed the No. 1 seed in the NCAA championships before being named one of four finalists for the sport's Honda Broderick Award, given annually to college tennis' top performer. During the fall season, she advanced to the semifinals of the All-American Championships in October as well as the National Indoor Singles Championship in November.
Mosolova is 77-14 overall in singles through her first two years at Northwestern and owns a 17-0 mark in Big Ten competition.
Two Wildcat seniors also garnered preseason recognition by the ITA. Three-time NCAA singles championship qualifier Samantha Murray is ranked No. 40 nationally while Lauren Lui—who earned All-American status in doubles in 2009—checks in at No. 89.
Murray and Lui also appear as a tandem in the Cambell/ITA College Tennis doubles rankings, coming in at No. 35. Also in the rankings on the doubles side for Northwestern is Mosolova and incoming freshman Brittany Wowchuk as the duo drew a No. 41 ranking. Mosolova was an NCAA doubles qualifier for the first time in 2009 playing with graduated senior Keri Robison.
Coming in behind Mosolova in the singles rankings is Georgia sophomore Chelsey Gullickson--who defeated Mosolova in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships last spring--and Marrit Boonstra of Florida. Mallory Cecil, who captured the NCAA title as a freshman at Duke in 2009, has left school to join the professional circuit.
Northwestern opens its fall season Sept. 25-27 when it travels to Greenville, S.C., for the Furman Invitational. The ’Cats play their first home tournament of the new academic year Oct. 9-11 when they host the Wildcat Fall Invitational.