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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 1, 2005

Northwest Recognized in ITA National and Regional Polls

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2005 preseason rankings Nov. 18 and Northwest Missouri State University was represented well on the team and individual lists. On the women's side, the Bearcats were No. 34 in the national poll and No. 2 in the North Central Region poll. Individually, senior Gena Lindsay (St. Joesph, Mo.) holds down the 28th spot in the country. The Bearcats also had two individuals and one doubles team on the regional preseason list. The men were tabbed at No. 38 in the national poll and sit atop the preseason regional chart. The men's team has four individuals in the top 15 of the region and a doubles team also made the preseason poll.

Lindsay is listed in the first spot of the singles chart in the North Central region. She is followed closely behind by sophomore Carolina Amaral (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil), who is ranked fourth in the poll. Lindsay and classmate Erica Ramirez (St. Petersburg, Fla.) rank first among the doubles teams in the region.

For the men, junior Pablo Acebedo (Barcelona, Spain) was listed third on the preseason singles list in the North Central region. He is joined on this list by sophomore Lucas Ariboni (San Pablo, Brazil) (No. 7), junior Chris Smith (Johannesburg, S. Africa) (No. 8), and sophomore Enrique Tomaz (Rio De Janiero, Brazil) (No. 15). Acebedo and Smith form the doubles team that is picked to be the seventh-best in the region.

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Women's Tennis Rankings (Nov. 18)
National Team Rankings
1. Armstrong Atlantic
2. BYU-Hawaii
3. Barry
33. Lincoln Memorial
34. Northwest Missouri State
35. Bloomsburg

Northwest Women's Singles on the National List
29. Gena Lindsay

Northwest Women's Doubles on the National List
19. Gena Lindsay / Erica Ramirez

North Central Region Women's Team Rankings
1. Washburn
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Missouri Southern
4. Truman State
5. Emporia State
6. Southwest Baptist
7. St. Cloud
8. CSU-Pueblo
9. Missouri Western

Northwest Women's Singles in the North Central Region
1. Gena Lindsay
4. Carolina Amaral

Northwest Women's Doubles in the North Central Region
1. Gena Lindsay / Erica Ramirez

Men's Tennis Rankings (Nov. 18)
National Team Rankings
1. University of West Florida
2. Armstrong Atlantic State University
3. Ouachita Baptist University
37. University of Central Oklahoma
38. Northwest Missouri State
39. East Central Oklahoma State University

North Central Region Men's Team Rankings
1. Northwest Missouri State University
2. Nebraska-Kearney
3. Washburn University
4. St. Cloud State
5. Truman State University
6. Colorado-Colorado Springs
7. Colorado State-Pueblo
8. Metro State
9. Southwest Baptist
10. Winona State University

Northwest Men's Singles in the North Central Region
3. Pablo Acebedo
7. Lucas Ariboni
8. Chris Smith
15. Enrique Tomaz

Northwest Men's Doubles in the North Central Region
7. Pablo Acebedo / Chris Smith

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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