The ITA, which releases weekly National rankings for the best singles and doubles players in the collegiate ranks, put out its most recent listings on April 9, where White and Lunde received a No. 90 ranking.
White and Lunde who have teamed together for a 14-3 record at No. 1 doubles this season, have given Gardner-Webb its first ITA National Ranking, in singles or doubles, in its Division I history.
“Anytime you do something for the first time, it is huge for the program,” said head Gardner-Webb women’s tennis coach Jim Corn. “I’m very proud of Erica and Jenny for their ranking accomplishment, and I am just as proud of their teammates, Yasmin Doost, Rokia Sacko, and Valeriia Popko for giving them the high level of competition in practice to help them achieve the ranking.”
The honor adds to what has turned out to be a special season for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
White, a senior from Charleston, W.Va., is 16-3 as Gardner-Webb’s No. 1 singles player, including an 8-1 mark against Big South competition, and has twice been named as the Big South’s Player of the Week this season.
Lunde (Oslo, Norway) was named as the Big South’s Player of the Week on March 19 of this season. In addition to her stellar doubles play alongside White, the junior has forged a 9-6 singles mark, predominantly at the No. 3 spot, to help the Runnin’ Bulldogs win eight matches on the year.
GWU’s No. 1 doubles pair popped on to the ITA’s national rankings list for t he first time this season, receiving enough points to tie Troy’s Anja Cosovic/Candela Munoz Giron at No. 90 in the intercollegiate ranks.
White and Lunde also represent the only Big South doubles tandem currently in the Top 90 National Rankings put out by the ITA.
On Saturday, April 13, Gardner-Webb’s women’s tennis team closes out the regular season, hosting North Carolina Central for a 1:00 p.m. match. The match versus the Eagles will also represent the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ Senior Day for the 2013 season.