Date: January 16, 1998
Contact: Brian Logue (540) 463-8676
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W&L TENNIS TEAMS RECEIVE NATIONAL RANKINGS
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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