Date: January 16, 1998
Contact: Brian Logue (540) 463-8676
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Women ranked fourth and men ranked 18th

Washington and Lee's men's and women's tennis teams have each received notice in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Preseason Division III rankings. W&L's women are ranked fourth in the country and the men are ranked 18th.

The women's team is coming off of a 17-5 season in which it reached the NCAA Division III semifinals for the third straight year. W&L had several players garner individual rankings as well. In singles, senior Ericka Shapard (Oklahoma City, Okla./Heritage Hall) is ranked ninth, senior Berry Blankinship (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) is ranked 21st and sophomore Brook Hartzell (San Rafael, Calif./Branson School) is ranked 40th. In doubles the team of Blankinship-Shapard is ranked sixth while sophomore Erin Eggers (Louisville, Ky./Collegiate) and Hartzell are ranked 13th.

The men's team went 12-7 last year and earned a spot in the NCAA Division III South Regional tournament for the second consecutive year. Leading the Generals is junior Dale Pretila (Scottsburg, Ind./Scottsburg) who is ranked 18th nationally in singles while freshman Chris Haun (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) is ranked 48th. Haun and Pretila are ranked 15th in doubles.

The spring tennis season begins on February 26 when the men play at Radford. W&L's women open their spring season on February 27, hosting James Madison in the Duchossois Tennis Center.


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