January 24, 2012
Men's Tennis Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll
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.
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
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
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
|Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1),||Stats|
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5
Softball @ Limestone 8-1
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7
Softball @ Limestone 1-2
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)
Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11
Baseball @ Tampa 5-9
Softball vs. KING 3-17
Softball vs. KING 2-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. CHESTNUT HILL 16-15
Baseball @ Tampa 8-12
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-6
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-3
Softball @ Emmanuel 2-4
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 9-3
Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2
Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8
Lacrosse (M) vs. NEWBERRY 13-9
Softball @ Southern Wesleyan 11-0
Lacrosse (W) vs. NEWBERRY 25-8
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 1 (Monroe CC)
Golf (M) @ Hargett Inv - Day 2 (Monroe CC) 5th of 12
Baseball vs. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 6-8
Baseball vs. INDIANA,PA 16-6
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Prelims)
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 0-7
Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8
Tennis (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9
Lacrosse (W) vs. INDIANA,PA 7-25
Softball vs NORTH GEORGIA 3-7
Lacrosse (M) @ Coker 14-8
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 2 - Finals)
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 1)
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Prelims) 10 a.m.
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.
Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6
Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9
Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC) 6th of 11
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC) 4th of 10
Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 12-11
Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 5-12
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 1-2
Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2-7
Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 1-8
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 8-1
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1)
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon
Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON, ppd. 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON, ppd. 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3:30 p.m.
Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 1 p.m.
Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 1 (River Landing GC)
Lacrosse (W) @ Coker 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Sunoco Campbell Oil Inv - Day 2 (River Landing GC)
Tennis (M) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Carson Newman 1:30 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 1)
Softball @ Tusculum 1 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 2 p.m.
Softball @ Tusculum 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Anderson 5 p.m.
Track/Field @ Montreat Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) vs. MARS HILL noon
Baseball @ Anderson 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. MARS HILL 3 p.m.
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