SKILLMAN, N.J. - UC Davis will begin its fall season at the Cal Nike Invitational in Berkeley, Calif., on Sept. 27, with one nationally ranked player on its roster when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) listed senior Megan Heneghan No. 90 among all women's singles players in the country when its annual Division I Women's Preseason Rankings was released Friday.
"No one deserves a national ranking more than Megan Heneghan," said UC Davis head coach Bill Maze shortly after the rankings were released Friday by the ITA. "She gives me everything she has on tennis courts, in the classroom, on the track and in the weight room to help our program reach its potential."
Heneghan is the first Aggie in the Division I era to receive a national ranking from the ITA, the governing body of college tennis.
Added Maze, "I think it's about time, she's had a great season every year she has been here at UC Davis."
In addition to receiving ITA scholar-athlete accolades for the second straight season, one that saw the native of Tustin, Calif., lead the Aggies as their top singles player throughout the entire year, Heneghan received all-Big West recognition for the third time.
Named to the first team singles and second team doubles All-Big West lists following the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, her first at UC Davis, Heneghan was also recognized by the conference as its Freshman of the Year.
As a sophomore she received league first team singles accolades once again; the 2012-13 season saw Heneghan earn second team all-conference singles honors.
Due to her efforts at the No. 1 singles position last season, UC Davis defeated two nationally ranked teams in San Jose State and Sacramento State. By defeating the latter for the first time in 12 years, the Aggies earned enough points to rip the Causeway Cup from the Hornets' clutches and return the title back to Davis.
"We are excited to start the season like this with Heneghan earning the team's first ranking since becoming a D-I program," said Maze.