LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Washington and Lee women's tennis team has earned a preseason ranking of No. 2 in NCAA Division III in the Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Ranking which was announced Nov. 27.

Emory (Atlanta) garnered the preseason No. 1 spot, followed by W&L, Amherst (Mass.), Trinity (Texas) and Gustavus (Minn.) in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 are Williams (Mass.), Tufts (Mass.), Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.), Rhodes (Tenn.) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) and Washington University (Mo.) in a tie for 10th.

W&L defeated Trinity, 5-4, to earn third place in last year's national tournament.

Back for her final season is senior co-captain Erika Proko (Charlotte, N.C/Providence Day), who advanced to the national semifinals in individual competition a year ago. Sophomore Lindsay Hagerman (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) also returns a year after having been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NCAA Division III Co-National Rookie of the Year.

The Generals' 2003 season will get underway on Sat., March 1 with matches versus Virginia Wesleyan and at Emory & Henry.