Five Tennis Student-Athletes Nationally Ranked

Five Tennis Student-Athletes Nationally Ranked

Men’s Tennis | 11/17/2022 2:42:00 PM

TROY, NY – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced the Division III Men’s and Women’s National Rankings for November 11, and five Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes are included. The national rankings feature the Top 50 singles players and and top 25 doubles teams and RPI has two men listed individually, including the No. 3-ranked player, and two teams included.

Sophomore Aiden Drover-Mattinen (Portugal Cove – St. Philips, NL / Blyth Academy) is No. 3 in singles and No. 8 in doubles with partner Andy Zhu (Richmond, BC / Laurel Springs School), a freshman. Senior Abraham Yohannes (Albuquerque, NM / Albuquerque Academy) is No. 31 in the men’s singles, while the women’s doubles team of Lorna Flores Gonzalez (Sugar Land, TX / iUniversity Prep.) and Nikki Ridenour (Minneapolis, MN / Roseville Area) are No. 8 in the nation.

Flores Gonzalez, a sophomore, and Ridenour, a freshman, qualified for the ITA Cup as the runner-up in the ITA Northeast Regional in late September. The duo posted a 4-1 record with wins over teams from three different schools. Their first two matches went to tiebreaks before they won 8-1 in the quarterfinals. Advancement by default due to injury put them in the final, where they were defeated 6-1, 6-3.

At the national event, they earned All-America as they advanced to the quarterfinals before losing 4-6, 6-3, 10-6, to the No. 1 seeded squad.

Drover-Mattinen garnered All-America in singles after advancing to the semifinals of the ITA Cup. He won the ITA Northeast Regional singles title by going 6-0, including two victories by love scores. Of his 13 sets, he won 12 of them with half being by scores of 6-0. The top seed, he defeated opponents from six different schools with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win in the final.

Playing with Zhu, they earned an automatic bid to the national tournament by winning their regional as the No. 1 seed. They had five wins, including an 8-0 sweep in the Round of 16, a tie-break victory in the semifinals, and a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win in the final. Drover-Mattinen and Zhu went on to compete in the ITA Cup but lost in the first round.

Yohannes played into the semifinals of the ITA Regional before losing 7-6 (11-9), 1-6, 7-6 (7-5). He won his first four matches without dropping a set. This is the second fall in a row that he has been ranked after being listed at No. 22 in 2021. Drover-Mattinen was No. 11 a season ago.

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