BOONE, N.C. – App State women’s tennis junior Sasha Pisareva (Kyiv, Ukraine/Utah State) was ranked No. 48 in the first edition of the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings, as announced by the ITA on Wednesday.
Pisareva is the first women’s player in program history since the ITA rankings were established to crack the top-125. She is also the only player in the Sun Belt to earn national recognition in singles.
“We’re very happy for Sasha on her ranking,” head coach Blake Mosley said. “She’s a great example of the culture change we’ve made in the program. We’re going to continue to work hard and improve everyday. We’ve made a statement so now we need to back it up.”
Her ranking is no surprise as she is off to a 3-0 start in singles, highlighted by a straight-set victory over then-No. 18 Anna Rogers of then-No. 8 NC State. She followed that up with a three-set triumph over Natalie Novotna of Virginia Tech. Both of her victories led to back-to-back Sun Belt Women’s Tennis Player of the Week awards.
She is one of 10 players from the State of North Carolina to rank in the top 50, joining student-athletes from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke and Wake Forest.
Pisareva and the Mountaineers look for back-to-back wins when they host UNCG on Tuesday at 2 p.m.