Jan. 5, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior women's tennis player Lauren Greco (Oakmont, Pa./Shady Side Academy) and sophomore Tina Tehrani (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) both made history for the Hoyas on Tuesday as both earned a spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
Greco was ranked No. 71 and Tehrani was ranked No. 77 marking the first time in program history that a Georgetown female student-athlete has been ranked in the ITA's Top 125 players in the nation. It is unprecedented for the program to have two.
Greco made her mark in the fall with an outstanding performance at ITA Regionals. The senior won two qualifying matches to get into the main draw where she advanced to the quarterfinals defeating the No. 1 seeded player in the region along the way. She eventually fell in the quarterfinals to the fifth-seeded player in the region marking the best individual performance for a Georgetown women's tennis player at the annual event.
Tehrani also appeared in the main draw at ITA Regionals, but made history by earning BIG EAST Women's Tennis Player of the Month honors for September. Tehrani produced an 8-0 singles record and a 6-1 doubles record in September, while winning two singles tournaments and one doubles event. She won the University of North Carolina Wilmington Fall Invitational Flight `A' with a 4-0 record, winning all matches in straight sets. Tehrani also was victorious in the Georgetown Classic, winning four additional straight-set singles matches, and teaming with freshman Sophie Panarese (Milton, Mass./Milton Academy) for the doubles title.
Tehrani and Greco are a part of a huge turnaround for the Hoya women's tennis program. Last season, the Blue & Gray posted its best season under Head Coach Gordie Ernst with a 13-10 overall record and a mark of 7-2 in conference play. The Hoyas placed sixth at the BIG EAST Tournament despite going into the championship as the eighth seed. GU moved into the final match after defeating fourth-seeded Louisville, 4-2, in the consolation bracket.
Georgetown completed 2011 fall play at ITAs and will open up in the spring at the VCU 4+1 on January 20 in Richmond, Va.