MORAGA, Calif. — Saint Mary’s women’s tennis will open 2017 on a high note as two doubles teams from the Gaels have achieved national ranking prior to the start of the spring season. The teams of Parminder Kaur/Emma Critser (No. 51) and Jana McCord/Jacqueline Pelletier (No. 60) were recognized by the ITA after strong performances in the fall.
Kaur/Critser went 4-2 during the fall of 2016 as a team and recorded decisive wins over teams from Cal and Stanford. The Gaels’ duo defeated the team of Maria Smith/Maya Jansen from Cal 8-3 at the 2016 ITA Div. 1 Northwest Regional Championship and handled Naomie Rosenberg/Emma Higuchi of Stanford with a strong 8-2 win at the SMC Fall Invite.
McCord/Pelletier enter the season as the No. 60 ranked doubles duo after posting a 6-3 record together in the fall. The senior-freshman combo posted a perfect 4-0 record against other West Coast Conference opponents including an impressive 8-4 win over Zeina El Tawil/Caitlyn Frankel from Santa Clara at the ITA Div. 1 Northwest Regional Championship.
"We were really pleased with our level of play in doubles through the Fall," said associate head coach Simon Harston. "Both teams performed well at the Regionals in particular, and the rankings are a reward for all the hard work put in on the practice court in the last couple of years."
Saint Mary’s will kick off their spring season from Jan. 13-15 at the Cal Winter Invitational in Berkeley, Calif. Draws, results, and recaps can be found at SMCGaels.com.
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