By Kathy Campbell
POUGHKEEPSIE - The Vassar College women’s tennis team earned a final season (2012-2013) national ranking for the 12th time in the last 13 years. The team ranks #26 nationally among 380 Division III programs and #10 regionally in the 110-team Northeast Region. In doubles, the Brewer’s top pair of sophomores Ava Sadeghi and Samantha Schapiro, are ranked #20 nationally among all Division III doubles teams and Sadeghi is ranked #49 nationally in singles.
Competing against six nationally ranked teams and six other regionally ranked programs, Vassar posted a 12-4 mark for the year and earned nationally rankings in each of the five ranking periods throughout the year. Additionally, in tournament play Vassar competed against the #1 and and #5 nationally ranked teams. Vassar also won the Seven Sisters Championship in April defending their 2012 championship title.
The Sadeghi/Schapiro top 20 national doubles ranking is the most recent since 2008 in the storied Vassar Program. The pair tallied a 14-4 record for the year defeating the #8, #13 and #17 doubles teams and lost to the #5, #8 and #14 pairs. The Vassar duo earned All-American doubles honors in the fall when they won the ITA Northeast Region Doubles Championship and advanced to the ITA National Doubles Championship where they finished sixth among the eight qualifiers. They are only the second doubles pair in Vassar Tennis history to qualify for ITA Nationals (just eight teams qualify each year). They started the season with an eight-match win streak and finished the year with a five-match win streak.
In singles, Sadeghi earned her second All-American singles accolade by defending her 2011 singles title in the ITA Northeast Region Championship and therefore advancing to ITA Singles Nationals for the second consecutive year. Throughout the season she posted wins over the #8, #17, #34, #35 players and lost to the #1, #5, #8, #17, #42 and #46 players. She posted a 22-9 singles mark this year playing #1 singles (44-14 record combined with doubles, playing in a total of 58 matches).