The Texas Longhorns enter the 2021 season full of talent. UT added the No. 1 and 3 newcomers to their skilled roster. At No. 1, Peyton Stearns committed to the Horns as the player with the second-highest UTR in the nation. Stearns spent her fall splitting her time between playing ITF tournaments and fall invites for the Longhorns. She went 4-3 playing collegiate opponents that hailed from LSU, Texas A&M, and TCU among others. Stearns is joined on the Newcomer list by teammate Lulu Sun.
West Coast powerhouse Pepperdine’s incoming freshman Taisya Pachkaleva secured the No. 2 spot on the list. Pachkaleva comes to Malibu from Russia where she posted a 14-4 singles record in ITF, WTA, and Fed Cup play. 
The University of Texas is the only school who placed two student-athletes on the Newcomers list. The University of Iowa is the only program ranked outside of the Preseason Top 25 who placed a student-athlete on the list. The Hawkeyes secured the blue-chip recruit Alexa Noel who competed alongside Coco Gauff to win the doubles title at the U.S. Junior Fed Cup. Noel also reached the finals of the 2019 Wimbledon Juniors.

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Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Rankings

Top 10 Preseason Newcomers
Administered by the ITA
January 13, 2021

Rank Player Team
1 Peyton Stearns University of Texas
2 Taisya Pachkaleva Pepperdine
3 Lulu Sun University of Texas
4 Sada Nahimana NC State
5 Emma Navarro University of Virginia
6 Karolina Berankova Duke University
7 Alexa Noel University of Iowa
8 Fiona Crawley North Carolina
9 Vanessa Ong UCLA
10 Naomi Cheong University of Southern California
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  1. Freshman Eleonora Molinari 248 WTA from the University of Tennessee is no where to be found. Someone hasn’t been doing there homework.


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