Junior Naoki Takeda has been placed as the eighth ranked player in the Southwest Region, according to the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional rankings, which goes down as the highest regional ranking ever obtained by an Arizona player.
In addition to his No. 8 regional ranking, Takeda finished 67th in the final ITA national singles poll after beginning the year unranked in both polls.
"This is another accolade Naoki should be very proud of," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "He's put in a tremendous amount of work this year and he deserves this."
The Osaka, Japan native compiled a team-best overall record of 23-5, while he went 15-2 in dual play. He compiled a 3-1 mark against ranked opponents and put together one of the best seasons in recent Arizona history, as he became the first Wildcat to be selected for NCAA postseason play, since Roger Matalonga represented UA in the field during the 2005-06 campaign.
Takeda pulled off one of the largest upsets of the college tennis season back on Feb. 17, as he defeated Tulane's fifth-ranked Dominik Koepfer 6-2, 6-0. Following the victory, Takeda was placed at No. 29 in the ITA individual poll on Feb. 24, which went down as the highest any Wildcat had been placed since Jan Anderson obtained a No. 9 national ranking at the conclusion of the 1994 season.