Lions Earn First National Ranking in Six Years

Senior April Bisharat is ranked No. 19 for singles in the Southwest region.

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LOS ANGELES -- For the first time since February 2007, the LMU women's tennis team is nationally ranked. The March 5 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings for Division I women's tennis has LMU at No. 72 in the nation.

LMU is currently on a four game losing streak but prior to that, the Lions held a 3-1 record and were undefeated at home until last week's heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Nevada . The standout win for the Lions this season came back on February 1, when they upset then No. 39, and now No. 41, Long Beach St. at home. This win, however, was not calculated in the ITA computer rankings until last week, boosting LMU into the top-75.

At 3-5, the Lions are now one of three teams from the WCC in the ITA top-75, joining No. 49 Saint Mary's and No. 64 San Diego.

As for individuals, senior April Bisharat has been leading the Lions, playing primarily on Court 1 for singles and doubles. The most recent ITA regional rankings have Bisharat as the No. 19 singles player in the Southwest region.

The Lions will look to hold on to this ranking when they next play at Cal Poly on March 10.





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