La Verne Trio Named ITA All-Americans

SKILLMAN, N.J. — After leading the University of La Verne women's tennis team to its best season in history, Andrea Madrigal, Laina Matsuda and Jeanette Losaria were named to the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III All-America Team.

Madrigal, the SCIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Year, finished her season with an 18-3 overall record in singles, playing in the No. 1 spot the entire year. She earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championship as a national seed, but fell in the first round.

In the fall, Madrigal became the first Leopard to win the ITA West Regional Championships and advanced to the United States Tennis Association/ITA National Small College Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., where she took sixth place.

Jeanette Losaria and Laina Matsuda were tabbed doubles All-Americans and the duo was named alternates for the NCAA National Championships. Losaria and Matsuda went 14-7 on the season and became the first Leopard tandem to reach the final at the prestigious Ojai Tennis Tournament. Losaria and Matsuda finished tied for 10th in the final national doubles rankings.

The three student-athletes La Verne landed on the All-America team is more than every other Division III school except for Williams (Mass.) which placed four. Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands of the SCIAC each landed two.

As a team, La Verne finished 14th in the final ITA national rankings and third in the West Region.

A player must meet any of the following criteria to earn ITA All-America honors:

Singles

1.) Top 8 seed in NCAA singles tournament

2.) Win one round at NCAA singles tournament

3.) Finish in the Top 20 in the final ITA Rankings

4.) Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament

5.) Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

(including players who receive at-large invitations to the tournament)

Doubles

1.) Top 4 seed in NCAA doubles tournament

2.) Win one round at NCAA doubles tournament

3.) Finish in the Top 10 in the final ITA Rankings

4.) Win USTA/ITA Fall Regional Tournament

5.) Wins first-round match at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships

(including teams who receive at-large invitations to the tournament)

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