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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 1, 2006

Men's Tennis Ranked 40th in ITA Preseason Poll

SKILLMAN, N.J. - In preseason polls released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and FILA on Nov. 20, the Northwest Missouri State men's tennis team earned the 40th spot in nationwide polls. The men also grabbed the top spot in North Central regional rankings.

The only individual recognition in the national poll came with the men's doubles team of senior Chris Smith (Johannesburg, S. Africa) and junior Jake Saulsbury (Lexington, Neb.). The pair is ranked 11th after advancing to the ITA Championships on Oct. 12-13 and winning the North Central ITA title on Oct. 1. The pair were also named to the top spot in the regional poll for doubles competition.

In the regional poll, Smith is ranked fourth in singles, followed by senior Pablo Acebedo (Barcelona, Spain) in 10th and sophomore Daniel Usieto (Barcelona, Spain) in 11th. Acebedo and Usieto were ranked second in doubles and the duo of junior Lucas Ariboni (San Paulo, Brazil) and freshman Cody Pflugradt (St. Joseph, Mo.) is ranked eighth.

The Bearcat women's team earned the sixth-spot in the regional poll. Junior Carolina Amaral (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) was the lone individual honored on the regional level, sitting tenth in singles.

A complete listing of regional and national rankings can be found at

Both Bearcat tennis teams are scheduled to open the 2007 spring season against Metropolitan (Colo.) State on March 2 in Topeka, Kan.

Men's National Ranking
38. Mount Olive
39. Tusculum
40. Northwest Missouri State

10. Knoedler / Thesleff (Florida Southern)
11. Smith / Saulsbury (Northwest Missouri State)
12. Cava / Reinert (Lynn)

Men's Regional Ranking
1. Northwest Missouri State
2. Southwest Baptist
3. Washburn

3. Augustin Mollar, Southwest Baptist
4. Chris Smith, Northwest Missouri State
5. Emilio El Alabi, Southwest Baptist
9. Daniel Prerad, Southwest Baptist
10. Pablo Acebedo, Northwest Missouri State
11. Daniel Usieto, Northwest Missouri State

12. Riley Meyer, Metropolitan State

1. Saulsury / Smith (Northwest Missouri State)
2. Acebedo / Usieto (Northwest Missouri State)

7. Johnston / Martin (Washburn)
8. Ariboni / Pfugardt (Northwest Missouri State)
9. Mai / Hougland (Emporia State)

Women's Regional Rankings

5. Truman State
6. Northwest Missouri State
7. Mesa State

9. Courtney Walther, Truman State
10. Carolina Amaral, Northwest Missouri State
11. Teri Mayeda, Mesa State

For more information, please contact:

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

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