Redlands Tennis Teams Boast Impressive Preseason Rankings

It was announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) that the University of Redlands Men’s and Women’s tennis teams have landed among the best in NCAA Division III, according to the ITA/Campbell’s Preseason College rankings.

Following last season’s 17-7 showing, the women embark upon the 2010 campaign as the No. 9 team in the nation. In addition, they land at No. 2 among the West Region.

The men look forward to the start of the season as the No. 11 team in Division III while boasting the No. 3 spot for the region. The Bulldog women return all but two starters and look forward to the experienced play of this year’s juniors and seniors. Redlands faces a challenging schedule that includes seven opponents ranked in the top 30, highlighted by No. 2 Williams College (MA) on March 22 at 3 p.m.

Despite the graduation of two contributors, the Redlands men’s team expects to build upon last year’s 19-9 record with stellar play from its returning class. The 2010 campaign brings a traditionally daunting schedule of Division III foes, which includes 14 nationally ranked teams. No. 1 UC Santa Cruz makes its way to Verdieck Courts on March 27 for a 10 a.m. showdown with the Bulldogs.

Both teams kick off the 2010 season on Feb. 6 with matches at Concordia University – Irvine.

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