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Date: May 16, 2005
Contact: Chris Hodgson (540) 458-8674
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Applegate Tabbed as Player to Watch; Rankin Selected as Coach of the Year

Senior Lindsay Hagerman

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee senior Lindsay Hagerman (Wichita Falls, Texas/Highland Park) has been named the 2005 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic South Senior Player of the Year. Additionally, sophomore Emily Applegate (Charleston, S.C./Porter-Gaud) was named the Player to Watch, while 17th-year head coach Cinda Rankin was named the Coach of the Year.

Hagerman, a two-time ODAC Player of the Year and a six-time All-American, is currently 29-1 in singles and 23-2 in doubles this season. She captured the ITA Division III National Singles Championships in the fall and was the ITA Co-National Rookie of the Year in 2002. Hagerman also holds the W&L all-time record for singles (109-17) and doubles (105-15) victories.

Applegate, a two-time ODAC Player of the Week and First Team All-ODAC selection, is a perfect 14-0 in singles and 13-1 in doubles this season. She also has an unblemished 9-0 singles record against opponents from nationally-ranked teams and has lost only two sets in those nine matches.

Rankin, a 10-time ODAC Coach of the Year and two-time ITA National Coach of the Year, earned the ITA Atlantic South Coach of the Year award. She helped lead the Generals to their 15th ODAC Championship and 13th NCAA Tournament apperance this season. Rankin led W&L to NCAA runner-up finishes in both the 1996 and 2003 seasons and to a school-record 24 wins in both the 2003 and 2004 campaigns. Rankin's career record stands at 328-54 (.859).

Hagerman and Applegate will both compete in the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships, while the third-ranked Generals return to action against No. 8 Denison in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Wednesday at Kalamazoo College. The match begins at 9:30 am.





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Phone: 540-458-8676