SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- After starting the season with wins over three opponents ranked in the top 30 nationally, it would have been understandable if Saint Mary's women's tennis player Jenny Jullien came back to earth a little.
Instead, she got even better.
For going 5-1 during the month of February, Jullien has been named the West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Month.
It is the second month in a row Jullien has earned that distinction, a period of time that coincides with the native of Perpignan, France becoming Saint Mary's highest ranked player ever.
In February, the now No. 18-ranked Jullien got started with a straight-sets win over then No. 107-ranked Grace Ysidora of Washington.
Jullien followed that with a tough 7-6, 6-7, 10-3 victory against San Diego State's Julia Wais, then won back to back WCC matches in wins over Portland and Gonzaga.
After her match against Cal Poly on Feb. 10 went unfinished, Jullien ascended to No. 24 in the country. Just a few days later, she notched one of her best triumphs so far this season, defeating No. 10 Krista Hardebeck of Stanford 7-5, 6-1 in the Gaels' landmark 4-3 victory over the Cardinal.
That win bumped her up to No. 18 in the national rankings, and although she finished the month with a defeat against No. 6 Robin Anderson of UCLA, Jullien finished the month with another sterling record.
Jullien and the Gaels get back to work on March 19 at 2 p.m. when No. 24 Tulsa visits Moraga for a non-conference showdown.