Tennis Achieves Highest Ranking Ever at No. 14

Tennis Achieves Highest Ranking Ever at No. 14

LA VERNE, Calif. – The University of La Verne tennis team has earned its highest ranking in school history in the latest national rankings were announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Leopards came in at 14th, moving up 14 spots from the program's previous high rank of 28th.

"It's a good feeling," La Verne head coach Yolanda Duron said. "I'm really proud of the fight that the girls have. … They are proud of what they've done and I just want to help facilitate them to get better every match."

La Verne has gotten off to a 6-0 start to the season and beat four nationally ranked teams in the process. The Leopards beat preseason No. 14 UC Santa Cruz, 8-1, in the season opener and pulled out a 5-4 victory over No. 16 Whitman on their first road trip. The Leos also dispatched No. 24 Brandeis and No. 21 Mary Washington at home by scores of 6-3 and 6-3.

"At the end of the day it's really not about the rankings, but it's about the experience," Duron added. "But it helps to get some recognition and the girls are proud of what they have achieved."

La Verne will face four more national ranked teams before it gets into the heart of the conference schedule. The Leopards will take on No. 11 Washington University of St. Louis on Monday at 2 p.m. and will host No. 18 Tufts, No. 30 Denison and No. 19 Trinity (Conn.) in the next two weeks.

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