Sept. 7, 2005
Skillman, New Jersey - Loyola Marymount's Nico Terrien made program history again this week, becoming the highest nationally-ranked singles player LMU men's tennis has ever produced. Terrien will begin the 2005 fall season ranked 76th in the nation in the ITA preseason rankings.
Terrien completed the 2004-05 season ranked 125th in the final rankings. He jumped from 125th to 76th in this week's preseason poll.
Terrien's 2005 final ranking marked the first time in program history that a Lion has finished the season as a ranked player. This preseason ranking makes him the all-time highest ranked individual for LMU men's tennis.
The LMU men's tennis program has had ranked singles players and doubles teams in the past, but none have been able to finish the season in the rankings or break into the top 90.
Terrien was also ranked 29th in the ITA's west region.
The Lions' junior, who was the 2004 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, finished 2005 with a 15-10 overall record after missing the fall season due to an injured playing hand. His spring season was highlighted by a victory over 2004 WCC Player of the Year Pedro Rico of Pepperdine. Rico had been ranked as high as eighth in the nation during the season.
Terrien will look to build upon this ranking beginning September 23, when the Lions travel to the Saint Mary's Duals in Moraga, Calif.