Whit Women's Tennis Team Jump into National Rankings

News Release Date:
Sunday, May 6, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- On the eve of its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III national championships, the Whitman College women's tennis team has jumped into the national rankings.

The latest rankings, released late last week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), plugs Whitman into the No. 29 slot.

John Hein

The Missionaries also continued a season-long climb up the West Region rankings, moving to No. 7.

Whitman, which takes a 17-4 record into the national championships, is the highest ranked team from the Northwest Conference.

"It's exciting to chart our team's progress (in the rankings) from my first season when we were No. 15 in the west," fourth-year Whitman coach John Hein said. "Then we moved to 12th in my second year and finished last year in the top 10."

The rise in the rankings "reflects the work that our team puts in to constantly improve and push ourselves," Hein added.

"We know there is much work to do as we await selection Monday to find out where and when we will play in the NCAA tournament. For now, we can enjoy the milestone of being nationally ranked."

Breaking into the national rankings, along with winning the NWC post-season tournament, were "two of our big goals this year," Hein said. "It feels great for the team to be rewarded for all of its hard work and consistency throughout the season."

The latest West Region rankings also show junior Alyssa Roberg at No. 2 in singles. First-year teammate Courtney Lawless is No. 4 in singles, and the two players are No. 2 in the region as a doubles duo.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu