Tennis makes mark on history after first ITA rankings

Tennis makes mark on history after first ITA rankings

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the first regional rankings of the season on Wednesday. For the Saint Leo tennis program it proved to be historical, earning both the No. 1 rankings on both the men's and women's side, as well as, the first ever No. 1 ranking for a team by the women's squad.

The women's team, who finished the 2015 season at No. 4 in the South Region, catapulted to the No. 1 spot following an impressive fall season. This is the first time a Saint Leo tennis team has held the No. 1 spot in the South Region.

"I'm extremely proud of our teams to have such strong showings in the first ranking period of the year," said head coach Chris Frusci. "Having the No. 1 player in such a tough region for both men and women is a great accomplishment. Then also having three on each side in the top-10 regionally is also just as important. Credit to our players for working so hard this fall and staying extremely motivated. I am even more proud for our women's program to jump up to No. 1 in the region as a team for the first time in history. Team success is ultimately the most important, and we have proven that the talent is there, we just need to come together and prove it in the spring."

Individually, freshman Natalia Siedliska earned the No. 1 spot, while junior Marine Beugre-Guyot claimed the No. 4 ranking. Fellow juniors Isabella Robbiani and Anastasia Wagner took the No. 8 and No. 19 spots, respectively.

The pairing of Siedliska and Robbiani earned the No. 9 doubles ranking.

On the men's side in the team rankings, the Lions fell in at the No. 4 spot, the same ranking they finished 2015.

In the individual rankings, freshman Alberto Barroso-Campos joined Siedliska as the No. 1 ranked individual in the region. This is the first time in Saint Leo tennis history that an individual has held the No. 1 spot in regional rankings.

Joining Alberto in the individual rankings was senior Alex Theiler who snagged the No. 7 spot, while fellow senior Egor Panyushkin grabbed the No. 9 ranking.

Theiler and Barroso-Campos paired up in the fall for an impressive inaugural doubles campaign, earning them the No. 2 ranking for South Region doubles teams.

"Although we can enjoy these preseason rankings, we still have to take care of business on the court throughout the very grueling spring season," Frusci remarked.

On Monday, Nov. 23, the ITA will announce their National Rankings for the first time of the year.

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