SAVANNAH, Ga. - The NCAA Division II National Champion Armstrong State University women's tennis team finished the 2015 season atop the ITA national team rankings, while senior Clara Perez and freshman Lena Lutzeier finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in doubles with the release of the season-end rankings by the organization late Wednesday night.
Armstrong's perfect 33-0 record and ninth NCAA II National Championship puts the Pirates atop the team rankings, ahead of Barry, the title match opponent for Armstrong in Arizona. BYU Hawai'i, Lynn and West Florida rounded out the top five teams in the rankings.
Individually, the duo of Perez and Lutzeier finished the season ranked No. 1 in the nation in doubles. The pair went 31-1 at the top doubles spot for the Pirates this season and picked up a key 8-6 win over then-No. 3 Sonja Larsen and Ana Pain of Barry in the national championship match. They are the first Armstrong doubles duo to finish No. 1 since Barbora Krtickova and Alida Muller-Wehlau were ranked No. 1 at the end of the 2011 season.
The duo of junior Carolina Prats-Millan and freshman Nicole Fossa Huergo earned a Top 10 ranking in doubles as well, finishing at No. 7.
In singles, freshman Alejandra Cisneros ended the campaign ranked No. 2 in singles after an 26-0 spring season, including an 12-0 mark at No. 1 singles. Lutzeier finished ranked No. 3 after a 26-1 spring season singles record, while Perez finished the year ranked No. 12 and Prats-Millan finished the season ranked No. 15.
Players who finish the season ranked in the Top 20 in singles and in the Top 10 in doubles earn ITA All-America honors, to be announced later this month.
Click here to view the final ITA DII National Rankings for 2015.
Armstrong returns six players from this season's squad for 2016, including Cisneros, Lutzeier and Fossa Huergo.
(From Armstrong State University Reports)