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National Ranking Highlights Busy Spring Break

March 8, 2006

Los Angeles, Calif. - With a win over then-52nd-ranked Boston College last Saturday, Loyola Marymount women's tennis moved into this week's national ITA rankings. The Lions are ranked 60th in the current poll.

It is the first team ranking of the 2006 season for the Lions, who are currently 5-6 in dual action. LMU's last national team ranking campe in March of the 2004 season when the Lions were ranked 74th. This week's 60th spot marks the highest ranking for the LMU women since their final team ranking of 57th in May of 2003. That season saw the Lions' all-time best ranking of 55th come on April 14th.

LMU is now one of four West Coast Conference schools in the national rankings, as the Lions join Pepperdine, San Diego, and Saint Mary's in the top-75.

In addition to the Lions' new ranking, sophomore Pavla Mesterova received another honor this week when the WCC named her the Player of the Month. Mesterova was a perfect 9-0 in February, never dropping a set in dual competition.

But the busy Spring Break week continues for the Lions, who already took on 70th-ranked Sacramento State on the road on Tuesday. LMU now returns home to host Eastern Tennessee State on Friday and Santa Clara on Saturday.

The East Tennessee State match will be played at the Manhattan Beach Country Club and begins at noon. ETSU enters the match with a record of 9-2 and 2-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

The Lions will then play their WCC opener against Santa Clara Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the LMU Tennis Center. The Broncos are 4-8 overall and already 2-2 in WCC play. Santa Clara held national team rankings last season, but the Broncos have not been able to crack into the top-75 yet in 2006. In the 30th year of women's tennis at LMU, Head Coach Jamie Sanchez and the Lions encourage alumnae to attend Saturday's WCC opener.