Saturday, July 4, 2015


The 2014-15 National High School Tennis Association Girls Post Season Tennis Rankings are out. We are pleased to announce that these five outstanding teams made our Top 5.

Left to Right: Ena Shibahara, Ryan Peus, Risa Nakagawa, Kenadi Hance, and Sara Khattab
the big five from Peninsula High School. Photo by: Thomas R. Cordova/Press-Telegram/Daily Breeze
1. Peninsula (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) 50.56 
The Peninsula girls turned in perhaps the most impressive resume of any girls team in 2014-15. The Panthers lineup included was led by 2014-15 National High School Tennis Association Girls Player of the Year Ena Shibahara, a UCLA commit. The blue-chip junior finished her season unbeaten claiming her second straight California Southern Section Individual Singles title while leading the Panthers to back-to-back Bay League, California Southern Section Division I and Southern California Regional championships. The Panthers lineup also included California Southern Section Individual Doubles Champions Risa Nakagawa and Sara Khattab. University of Washington signee Kenadi Hance returned to the lineup for Peninsula after sitting out two season to focus on individual tournaments to bolster the Panthers lineup. Perhaps the biggest boost came from freshman phenom Ryan Peus, a blue-chip recruit, who went undefeated all the way until the CIF Southern Section Individual semifinals earning Daily Breeze Newcomer of the Year honors. Peninsula will carry a 52 match winning streak into the 2015-16 season.

2. Highland Park (Dallas, TX) 47.77

Everything is bigger in the Lone Star State including high school tennis. The Fighting Scots didn't let a jump to Texas' largest class last fall stop their run as the most storied high school tennis team in the state as they won their seventh straight team title. Highland Park senior Margo Taylor, a Tennessee signee, finished her career with the Fighting Scots with a record tying seven state titles falling just short of breaking the record this spring. Taylor was joined by a quartet of juniors in Elizabeth Porter, Chandler Carter, Elizabeth Tedford and Madison Tedford. Chandler Carter, a Wake Forest commit and All-American selection, paired with fellow five-star recruit Elizabeth Porter this spring to win the Texas Class 6A Doubles State Title this spring. The Scots who finished 22-0 this season in team play have won 151 straight matches. With four starters returning Highland Park looks like the likely top ranked girls team in 2015-16.

3. New Braunfels (New Braunfels, TX) 46.35

In Texas high school tennis the only school that can compete with Highland Park's domination in the Unicorns of New Braunfels. The Unicorns are the dominant team in South Central Texas having won six consecutive Texas State Titles prior to their state championship loss to Highland Park this year. Despite not having a single All-American on their roster New Braunfels continued their dominant ways this spring rolling off 24 straight wins behind junior TJ Fumagalli, who partnered with boys teammate Henry Gordon to win the Texas Class 6A Mixed Doubles State Title. Fumagalli was joined in the lineup by fellow four-star junior recruit Hunter Bleser. Five-Star underclassman Sarah Adams, a sophomore, and Samantha Gillas, a freshman, added depth for the Unicorns. New Braunfels lone girls senior was Elisa Guillen who signed to play collegiate tennis at NCAA Division II St. Edwards University.

4. Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, IL) 46.17

Hinsdale Central continued to make history this spring winning their second straight Illinois State Title, their record fifteenth in school history. The Red Devils fell just one point shy of their own state tournament record scoring a total of of 49 points. Hinsdale Central was led by All-American sophomore Bella Lorenzini. The five-star recruit finished as Illinois State Finalist for the second straight season this fall. Junior Sophia Haleas achieved a career best State performance, placing 9th overall. Sophomores Erika Oku and Stephanie Dolehide narrowly lost in the Doubles State Championship. Army commit Rugile Valiunaite and teammate Sandra Keta finished in third place in the state. The Red Devils resume included a perfect 8-0 record in dual meets, their 21st straight West Suburban Conference Silver title and championships at the Mustang Invitational, Red Devil Invitational and Lake Forest Invitational.

5. Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA) 44.82
Another dominant force in Southern California girls tennis has been the Torrey Pines Falcons. The Falcons who won their 25th consecutive San Diego Section team championship this year finished the season with a 22-1 record. Their lone loss came in the Southern California Regional championship to top ranked Peninsula. Freshman phenom Hannah Zhao, an All-American selection, added a huge boost to the Falcons roster this fall playing in the top position. The addition allowed senior captain Kelsey Chen, an Amhert commit, to flourish at the No. 2 singles position. Senior CC Schwab paired with freshman Kathy Wang to claim the San Diego Section doubles title. Four-star sophomore Alexa Meyer rounded our the lineup for the Falcons.

Please note that all of our rankings were compiled using a Power 5 formula based on the Universal Tennis Rating system to determine the most talented teams in America. Also our list of teams include only teams that are sanctioned members of their state high school athletic association. To view the entire Top 75 Boys Rankings click here.

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