Tennis teams claim consensus No. 1 in South Region

Tennis teams claim consensus No. 1 in South Region

ITA Men's Rankings || ITA Women's Rankings || NCAA Men's Rankings || NCAA Women's Rankings

SAINT LEO, Fla. – For the first time in program history, Saint Leo boasts the No. 1 ranking in the South Region in both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and the NCAA Rankings, and not just for one team. Both the men's and women's teams were consensus No. 1 in the South Region.

The men's team, who were as low as No. 4 in the February rankings, have held the No. 1 spot according to ITA since the March 3. The women's team entered the season with the No. 1 ranking; they then fell to No. 2 in the March 16 ranking after their lone loss to Flagler. In the most recent ranking, the Lions regained their spot at No. 1.

In the second NCAA regional ranking of the season, the both teams remained at No. 1.

In the ITA's singles rankings, freshman Alberto Barroso-Campos fell to No. 2 after his loss to Ahmed Triki of Barry, who claimed the No. 1 spot. Senior Alex Theiler moved up to the No. 8 spot, and fellow senior Egor Panyushkin came in at No. 10. Sophomore Jaime Bueno rounded out the ranked Lions, coming in at No. 20.

On the women's side, Natalia Siedliska fell to No. 3 after a few singles losses, but Isabella Robbiani moved up to No. 5, and Marine Beugre-Guyot made a four-spot jump to No. 7. Anastasia Wagner finalized the singles rankings on the women's side with a No. 15 rankings.

In doubles rankings, the men's team boasts two ranked duos as Theiler and Barroso-Campos hold on to the No. 1 ranking in the South region, while Panyushkin and Bueno jumped into the rankings for the first time at No. 7. For the women, Siedliska and Wagner moved up from their previous ranking of No. 3 to grab hold of the No. 1 ranking in women's doubles pairs in the South Region.

The next national rankings from the ITA will be released on April 27.

The Lions will wrap up the 2016 regular season with a home match versus Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, April 23 for a 1 p.m. match. It will also be Senior Day as the Lions honor Theiler, Panyushkin, Fons Verberne, and Guillaume Vanelven on the men's side, and Robbiani, Pauline Helgesson and Coralie Pesenti on the women's.

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