PBA Women's Tennis Looks To Reach Even Higher in 2008

Welcoming in a youthful but talented group, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team will look to continue to build on their recent success and improve with each match.

Captains Natalie Aleman and Katie Livesay will be given the task of leading a group of seven players, including five freshmen.

Ranked ninth in the ITA Southeast regional rankings to start the season, the Sailfish unfortunately will be without the services of number one singles player Brooke Nord who will be sitting out the season due to an illness. To make up the absence of Nord, An NCCAA All-American player from a year ago, the other seven players will be counted on to pick up the slack.

“We are a very young team but we are all excited for the opportunity to compete as NCAA Division II and that gives us a great outlook to our season,” said head coach Chi Ly.

“As the season progresses, I really feel our girls will be more competitive with each match we play and we will try to do our best each time we step on the courts,” stated Ly.

Aleman returns as the top player from a year ago when she was named an NCCAA All-American after a stellar 2007 campaign. A sophomore from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Aleman will be counted on to help lead the Fish in her second season.

Pushing Aleman for the number one spot will be a pair of freshman who are not only talented but hard working and tenacious. A product of Summit Christian in West Palm Beach, Lina Rubiano (Wellington, Fla.) will be expected to make impact from the start. Along with Rubiano’s aggressive play will be fellow freshman Montserrat Ripoll, a native of Mexico City, Mexico and a polished international talent.

Beyond the top-three, Ly will position his rotation around the likes of: Sophomore Katie Livesay (Dayton, Tenn.), and his other three freshmen: Krishna Domenech (Clermont, Fla.), Kelly Schwartz (Richland, Mich.), and Rachel Renaud (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.).

As previously mentioned the PBA women’s team kick off their 2008 slate by hosting Florida Tech on February 2nd and will begin their season at full tilt with a number of challenging matches along the way.

Other home dates include: the University of Tampa (Feb. 9th), Barry University (Feb. 20th), Rollins College (Feb. 23rd), Wheaton College (Mar. 11th), Towson University (Mar. 18th), University of South Dakota (Mar. 19th), West Alabama University (Mar.27th), Southeastern University (Apr. 1st), and Saint Leo University (Apr. 5th).

As with the men’s team, the women will compete in their very first NCAA Regional competition on May 9th-10th while traveling to Indiana May 4th-8th for the NCCAA National Championships.

One other exciting trip for both teams involves their annual Spring Break tennis trip which will take place this year in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where both teams will take part in five matches.

Come check out both PBA tennis teams this Spring as they compete all season long.

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