Puzzle Complete: Women's Tennis Signs Local and International Standouts

As the Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) women's tennis team continues its summer break, Head Coach Chi Ly is proud to announce two signings that he hopes will throttle the Sailfish to an NCCAA Championship.

Lina Rubiano, a Wellington, Fla. native and a graduate of Summit Christian School in West Palm Beach, was her high school team's top player, as she competed in both the Junior Orange Bowl and high school state tournaments. Rubiano was recognized as a Palm Beach Post Honorable Mention player, and is expected to be in the top tier of PBA's lineup.

Joining Rubiano will be Montserrat Ripoll, an international student from Col. Olivar de los Padres, Mexico. Ripoll was a nationally-ranked junior in Mexico, and is excited to join not only the PBA team, but also the West Palm Beach community as her older sister plays for nearby opponent Northwood University. Coach Ly expects Ripoll to assume the Sailfish's numbers three or four singles positions in 2008.

Coach Ly noted that "Rubiano and Ripoll are the final two pieces to complete the team's puzzle," and believes that they will help PBA recapture the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national championship in the coming year.

After winning only one match in 2006, Ly's squad impoved their win-loss record to 9-17 this past year and will look to rotate those figures in 2008 to produce a winning season. The women's team last won the NCCAA title in 2004, and finished fifth this year in the national tournament while competing with only five players.

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