Jan. 3, 2014
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Purdue freshman Ricky Medinilla made his debut on the first regular season edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Individual Rankings issued Jan. 2, checking in at No. 96. The Boilermaker men’s tennis team is listed 69th in the team standings, up one spot from the final ranking issued of the 2012-13 season.
Medinilla posted a 12-3 mark in fall competition, highlighted by a semifinal appearance at the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships. Three of his fall opponents appear in the individual rankings in No. 34 Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee, No. 91 Andrew Schafer of South Carolina and No. 97 Kevin Lai of Kentucky. Medinilla toppled Lai in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.
The native of Mexico City, Mexico, is one of 19 freshmen tabbed as a top-125 player and is 13th among those ranked rookies. He and Northwestern’s Sam Shropshire are the only freshmen that hail from the Big Ten Conference. Shropshire is listed 114th.
In addition to Purdue, nine of the 12 Big Ten Conference teams are ranked among the top 75: No. 5 Ohio State, No. 22 Illinois, No. 26 Michigan, No. 32 Northwestern, No. 34 Minnesota, No. 47 Michigan State, No. 56 Indiana, No. 60 Nebraska and No. 65 Wisconsin. Other 2014 opponents that garnered ranking include: No. 8 Baylor, No. 40 San Diego, No. 49 San Diego State, No. 53 Cornell and No. 58 Arkansas. A dozen players from the Boilermakers 2014 opponents boast at least one ranked individual.
Weekly ITA team rankings begin on Jan. 21, with the exception of the week ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 14-17) are held. Singles and doubles rankings will be published every other week starting Feb. 11.
The Purdue men’s tennis team kicks off its spring schedule Jan. 20 by hosting Toledo at 1 p.m. ET at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
About the ITA As the governing body of collegiate tennis the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) promotes both the athletic and academic achievements of the collegiate tennis community. The ITA, which was founded in 1956 and is based in Skillman, N.J., administers numerous regional and national championships, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit presented by the USTA, and the Collegiate Tennis Rankings for men's and women's tennis at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior College levels. The ITA also has a comprehensive awards program for players and coaches to honor excellence in academics, leadership and sportsmanship. The official ITA website is www.itatennis.com.