SRU Good News for May 13, 2010
SRU women's tennis season concludes at NCAA quarterfinals
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -Slippery Rock University's women's tennis team ended its 2010 season today with a 22-6 record, including a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis National Championship Quarterfinals in Florida.
The team's quest for an NCAA title was dashed in a 5-0 loss to fourth-ranked Lynne University. SRU entered the match ranked 34th. LU, based in Boca Raton, Fla., improved its season record to 25-3.
The match concluded the team's most successful four-year period in Rock women's tennis history. It also marked the end of the collegiate careers of three Rock seniors: Laura Handy from Pittsburgh, Jessica Hilborn from Pickerington, Ohio, and Casey Runyan from Hermitage.
In addition to being crucial components in the program's first top-eight national finish, Handy, Hilborn and Runyan helped lead The Rock to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, four appearances in a regional championship match, four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament appearances, two NCAA regional titles and subsequent trips to the NCAA Round of 16 matches, one PSAC championship and two conference runner-up finishes.
They also played important roles in The Rock surpassing the 20-win mark in four consecutive seasons, including a school-record 23 wins in 2006-07 and 22 wins in each of the last three seasons, and winning 80 percent of its dual matches (89-21 record) since the fall of 2006.
Handy and Hilborn finished their collegiate careers ranked third and fifth, respectively, on SRU's all-time wins chart.
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