Lions Jump to Seventh in Latest ITA Women’s Tennis Rankings; Men’s Ranked 15th

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Saint Leo women's tennis team has jumped to No. 7 in the first spring edition of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Poll, it was announced on Thursday by ITA officials.

Off to an outstanding start in 2013, the Lions are 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the Sunshine State Conference.  Saint Leo's only two losses came at the hands of defending Division II Champions and top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic and No. 4 Barry, the defending conference champions.

The Lions were the only team from outside of the top 10 to jump into single digits in the rankings as they moved from their preseason No. 12 spot.  Helping their cause was a 5-4 victory against then-No. 4 Lynn University on February 17.  The victory was the program's first-ever over the Fighting Knights and it helped Saint Leo jump Lynn in the rankings.

Barry, Lynn and Saint Leo are the only SSC representatives in the top 10 as eight of the nine conference schools are represented in the top 25.

On the men's side, the Lions now find themselves ranked No. 15 after a 5-3 start in a tough early-season schedule.  With a numbers of matches with teams in the top 10 behind them, the Lions will look to power through March and climb back up the rankings.

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Women's Team Rankings 
Administered by the ITA 
NCAA Division II Tennis 
February 27, 2013

Rank

Team

Fall Ranking

1

Armstrong Atlantic

1

2

BYU Hawaii

2

3

Abilene Christian

3

4

Barry

5

5

Hawaii Pacific

6

6

Columbus State

7

7

Saint Leo

12

8

Lynn

4

9

Cal U of PA

8

10

West Florida

9

11

Francis Marion

10

12

Cameron

11

13

Grand Canyon

14

14

Cal State LA

15

15

Tampa

26

16

Florida Tech

18

17

Nova Southeastern

16

18

Georgia College

19

19

Rollins

13

20

Florida Southern

17

21

Palm Beach Atlantic

27

22

St. Edwards

21

23

Drury

22

24

NYIT

23

25

Southwest Baptist

24