Feb 262006
Authors: Nate Ramos

It's a been an exciting week for CSU women's tennis after seeing their very own Emily Kirchem ranked No. 85 on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's national rankings.

Kirchem has seen her name on the list before at No. 122 and 120, but this last ranking has been especially meaningful for the Rams as it is the highest any women's player has been ranked in school history.

Although it was a major accomplishment for Kirchem and a statement of the direction women's tennis is headed, the team had been expecting the results.

"Emily has got to be in (the national ranking)," said head coach Jon Messick. "I'll be shocked if she's not in there, she should be in the fifties or sixties."

Kirchem is off to a 5-1 start this season in singles play. She has beaten several nationally ranked players including No. 55 Monica Milewski of Colorado, No. 21 Meg Racette of Iowa and No. 87 Nischela Reddy of Minnesota.

The Rams were on the road this weekend in Colorado Springs to face Division-II foe Abilene Christian and Texas Tech. The Rams defeated Abilene Christian 4-3 on Saturday to improve its record to 3-4 on the season. Hopefully results of Texas Tech will be in soon.

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