W&L Women's Tennis Honored by ITA

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its special award winners and three individuals from the Washington and Lee women’s tennis squad were honored.

Senior Lauren Caire (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall) was named the Atlantic South Region Senior Player of the Year, while sophomore Ellen Yeatman (Little Rock, Ark./Little Rock Central) was named the Atlantic South Region Player to Watch.  Additionally, Head Coach Eric Ishida was recognized as the Atlantic South Region Coach of the Year.

Caire went a combined 6-5 in singles and 10-7 in doubles this season and she has been selected to participate in both singles and doubles at the NCAA Division III Championships on May 28-30.  Caire is ranked third in the ITA Atlantic South Region in singles and has partnered with Yeatman to earn the No. 2 spot in the regional doubles rankings. She posted first-team All-ODAC honors in both singles and doubles for the third time in her career earlier this season and was named the ITA Player to Watch after her rookie season in 2006-07. She has also been recognized as an ITA All-American once in singles and twice in doubles for her career.

Yeatman has notched a 12-4 record at singles and has gone 13-5 in doubles. She has also been selected to participate in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships later this month.  Earlier this season, Yeatman earned first-team All-ODAC honors for the second time in her career in both singles and doubles. The 2009 ODAC Rookie of the Year, she is currently ranked eighth in singles in the Atlantic South and second in doubles teaming with Caire.

Ishida, in his third year at the helm, has helped lead the Generals to a No. 6 national and No. 1 Atlantic South ranking in the ITA poll. Ishida was named the ODAC Coach of the Year earlier this season, the third time he received the honor.  During his tenure, Ishida has led the Generals to a 66-13 overall record, three ODAC titles and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

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