SAINT LEO, Fla. – Just a week after making history when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announce the regional rankings, the Saint Leo tennis program earned national recognition from the ITA, including the No. 3 ranked individual on both sides, and the No. 3 ranked team on the women's side.
"It's always nice to be recognized at a national level," said head coach Chris Frusci. "It's more of a testament to our hard work and training than anything else. Alberto and Natalia have been great additions to our program as freshmen and give us the chance to take another step in the right direction. I'm also very happy with having three players inside that top-20 spot because it speaks to our depth. But although these types of preseason rankings are great for our players, we also know that what we accomplish as a team from January to May is most important. We still have a lot of work to do and will continue to focus on that process."
Following the 2015 season, the Saint Leo women's tennis team finished at the No. 6 spot in the national rankings, but after earning the No. 1 ranking in the South Region, the Lions jumped to No. 3 spot in the national poll, and stand as the highest ranked Sunshine State Conference team.
After an impressive fall season, freshman Natalia Siedliska earned the No. 3 spot in the individual rankings. Junior Marine Beugre-Guyot claimed the No. 9 ranking after previously being unranked. Fellow junior Isabella Robbiani fell in at the No. 21 spot.
Three players on the men's team also earned national rankings. Freshman Alberto Barroso-Campos mirrored Siedliska and took the No. 3 spot on the men's side. Senior Alex Theiler took the No. 13 spot, while Egor Panyushkin moved up to the No. 19 ranking after finishing the 2015 season at the No. 26 spot.
The men's double pairing of Theiler and Barroso-Campos fell in at the No. 7 ranking, the highest of any SSC pair.
As a team, the men stayed at No. 7 nationally, the same rank they finished 2015. SSC foe Barry fell in at No.1, and Lynn took the No. 6 spot.