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Stijbis Sisters Earn National Ranking

Feb. 21, 2007

Moraga, CA - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced their individual rankings for women's singles and doubles today. Saint Mary's was represented on both of those lists. In singles, freshman Femke Strijbis earned a ranking of No. 94. Femke Strijbis and Nienke Strijbis earned a doubles ranking of No. 52.

Twin sisters Femke and Nienke have done everything right since stepping foot onto Saint Mary's College and as a result they find themselves nationally ranked. In doubles the two have won every match they have played in, including three tough matches at the Cal Hidden Dual when they faced off against No. 11 California, No. 21 Fresno State and Cal Poly.

"They have outstanding communication on the court" said head coach Lisa Alipaz "and it shows in their play. For doubles partners to become successful it may take years. Femke and Nienke go into every match with a big advantage having communicated their whole lives. They can enter a match and play their game."

Femke was also nationally ranked in singles. She earned a ranking of No. 94. In her first colligate match she was pitted against the No. 14 ranked player in the country. After dropping the first set, she responded by winning the second set 6-1 and winning the third set in a tie-breaker. She is currently on a three game winning streak in singles.

Femke Strijbis

"It's great to see Femke earn a ranking" said head coach Lisa Alipaz. "Femke is developing into good player and still has tons of potential. After playing on clay most of her life, she has made the adjustments and is developing into quiet the hard court player.

This marks the second time in program history that a Saint Mary's player has been ranking for singles and doubles. Both of these rankings have come in recent years under head coach Lisa Alipaz