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Men's Tennis Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll

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ROCK HILL, SC -- The Catawba men’s tennis team was picked to finish eighth in the 2012 South Atlantic Conference preseason poll.  The Catawba Indians placed senior Thomas Mitchell (Nanaimo, BC, CANADA/Pendleton School) on the preseason All-SAC team.  Catawba returns five of its top six players from last year’s 15-9 squad which finished seventh and suffered 5-4 defeats in four of its six league losses.

The men went 4-2 in its fall season.  Junior Alex Macdonald (Lowen Hutt, NEW ZEALAND/Hutt International) played the top spot with Mitchell, who earned second team All-SAC honors last season, playing #2.  Junior Jess Goodall (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA/Northcliff) was in the #3 slot.  The three also played the top three spots for Catawba last season.

Sophomore Pierce Hoover (Durham, NC/Durham HS) is again at the #4 position where he went 11-3 a year ago.  Moving up to #5 is sophomore Matthew Nicholson (Chawara, ZIMBABWE/Lomabundi).  He was 5-1 in the fall after posting a 17-3 mark at #6 last year.  Senior Uri Yarkoni (Kelowna, BC, CANADA/Okanagan) moves into the #6 slot.

Corey Eldridge (Sewell, NJ/Washington Township) enters the lineup for doubles.  He was 4-1 with Yarkoni in the fall at #3.  Adding depth is sophomore Kevin Budrawich (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan HS) and senior Alex Kalmbach (Mason, OH/Mason HS).

Wingate garnered five first-place votes in a tight tally for the top spot in the poll.  The Bulldogs won the 2011 regular season.  Tournament champion Anderson was just points behind the Bulldogs and received four first-place nods.

Lincoln Memorial was slated as third with Brevard fourth.  Mars Hill received the other first-place vote and finished in a three-way tie for fifth with Newberry and Tusculum.
 
The league’s top-six teams will qualify for the 2012 Food Lion SAC Championship, which will be held on April 19-21 at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, SC.

VideoVIDEO: Meet the 2012 Men's and Women's Tennis Teams


2012 SAC Men’s Tennis Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Team, Points (1st-place votes)
1. Wingate, 94 (5)
2. Anderson, 92 (4)
3. Lincoln Memorial, 79
4. Brevard, 55
5. Mars Hill, 54 (1)
5. Newberry, 54
5. Tusculum, 54
8. Catawba, 32
9. Carson-Newman, 26
10. Lenoir-Rhyne, 10


2012 SAC Men’s Tennis Preseason All-Conference Team

First Team
Stan Atema, Anderson
Deni Mehagic, Anderson
Sam MacNeil, Brevard
Philipp Hoffmann, Lincoln Memorial
Vinicius Botelho, Newberry
Matthew Lichtenstein, Wingate
Drew Owen, Wingate
Flavio Rathsam, Wingate

Second Team
Daniel Gonzalez, Anderson
Beau Wills, Brevard
Thomas Mitchell, Catawba
Tommy Brennan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Tom Goossens, Lincoln Memorial
Enrico Patriarca, Mars Hill
Lucas Simm, Mars Hill
Michael Saunders, Newberry

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