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Perez-Somarriba Retains Spot atop ITA Singles Rankings

CORAL GABLES, Fla. For the second week in a row, Estela Perez-Somarriba of the University of Miami women’s tennis team is the top-ranked singles player in the nation, as announced Wednesday afternoon by the ITA.

The fifth-year senior is atop the list in consecutive releases for the first time in her career. It is the fourth time Perez-Somarriba has held the No. 1 spot, after previously doing so once in 2019 and once in 2020.

In addition, the Madrid native has now been in the top 10 of the ITA rankings in each of the past 31 releases, including the 26th time in the top five and 22nd time in the top three during that span. She is 19-2 on the season, all the top position, and her 69.452 ranking average is 5.285 above second-ranked Sara Daavettila of North Carolina.

For the second straight week, Miami also has another top-10 player, as freshman Isabella Pfennig once again places No. 10 on the list. The Hurricanes join Virginia as, once again, the only teams with multiple representatives in the top 10.

A native of Gauting, Germany, Pfennig is 16-4 on the season, including 12-4 at the No. 2 position, and boasts five top-50 victories.

The Hurricanes also have two top-25 doubles tandems for the third straight week. Second-year freshmen Diana Khodan and Maya Tahan dropped one spot and check in at No. 15 in the nation. The duo has three wins over top-10 tandems this season.

Perez-Somarriba and Pfennig, meanwhile, moved up three places and now sit at No. 22 on the ITA list. They have recorded four top-25 decisions together this spring.

Despite being off last week, Miami dropped three spots in the team rankings and enters the NCAA Team Championship at No. 23 in the country. This is the fifth consecutive week the Hurricanes are ranked in the top 25.

Miami begins NCAA tournament action Friday at noon against No. 41 FIU at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

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