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TTU Women's Tennis places five in ITA preseason rankings

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TEMPE, Ariz. – Five Women's Tennis players and two doubles teams have been ranked in the Oracle/ITA Division I Preseason Rankings, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced Tuesday.

Gabriela Talaba leads her teammates with a No. 56 ranking. Sarah Dvorak is just nine spots behind at No. 65. Felicity Maltby ranks 106 while teammate Alex Valenstein comes in at No. 108. Sabrina Federici rounds out the Lady Raiders' rankings at No. 122.

"I am very excited to have so many athletes represented in the rankings," Head Coach Todd Petty said. "This shows the tremendous depth this team has. We are eager to get this season started and build upon that."

Talaba closed out the 2015-16 season ranked No. 78 in the nation while Dvorak finished No. 91.

Two doubles teams, Valenstein and Talaba and Federici and Kiro, are ranked in the Top 60. Valenstein and Talaba led the way at No. 42 while Federici and Kiro ranked 60th in the preseason rankings. Last season, Valenstein and Talaba finished the year ranked 74th in the ITA's final rankings.

Valenstein will represent Texas Tech at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championship as she became the first Lady Raider in program history to receive a main draw selection. Talaba, Dvorak and Maltby were also invited to participate in the qualifying singles.

Visit www.TexasTech.com for the latest news and information on the women's tennis program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/TechWomensTennis and @TexasTechTennis on Twitter.

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