Women's Tennis Picked Seventh in SAC Poll
ROCK HILL, SC -- Two-time defending SAC champion Wingate is the top-ranked team in the conference’s 2013 women’s tennis preseason coaches’ poll, which was released by the league office on Friday. Catawba was voted seventh in the poll.
Wingate, which has gone a combined 17-1 in SAC play the past two years, received eight first-place votes in the poll. The Bulldogs have also won two-consecutive Food Lion SAC Tennis Tournament titles.
WU split the 2012 SAC regular-season championship with Anderson, which is No. 2 in the 2013 preseason poll, receiving one first-place vote. Both teams finished 8-1 in conference matches last year. AU went 12-9 overall last season and was the runner-up to Wingate at the SAC Tournament.
Tusculum, which received the final first-place vote, is No. 3 in the poll. The Pioneers also finished third in the conference last season after going 17-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference.
Lincoln Memorial is fourth in the poll, followed by No. 5 Newberry, No. 6 Mars Hill and No. 7 Catawba. LMU was part of a three-way tie for fourth in last year’s SAC standings with Mars Hill and Brevard, while Newberry finished seventh and Catawba finished ninth.
Rounding out the 2013 preseason poll are Carson-Newman and Brevard in a tie for eighth and Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 10. Carson-Newman was eighth in the final 2012 SAC standings, while L-R was 10th.
The 2013 preseason All-SAC Team was announced on Friday as well, with returning first team All-Conference singles selections Leah Donoff of LMU, Ali Evers of Wingate, Claire Dillman of Brevard and Tatiana Dualiby of Mars Hill headlining the honorees.
Donoff went 14-3 in 2012, Evers went 11-10, Dillman went 12-9 and Dualiby went 13-5. They are joined on the preseason singles First Team by Wingate’s Becca Thomas and Newberry’s Susana Aguirre, who finished 17-5 and 19-2 last year, respectively.
Both Thomas and Aguirre were second-team All-SAC singles selections in 2012.
Making up the preseason All-SAC First Team doubles lineup are the duos of Evers and Thomas from Wingate, Dillman and Michelle Prata from Brevard, and Dualiby and Anna Rickenbaker from Mars Hill. Evers and Thomas were a first-team All-SAC selection last year after going 12-9, while Dillman and Prata earned second-team honors after finishing 14-9.
Earning singles positions on the preseason All-SAC Second Team are Newberry’s Ariel Strong, Anderson’s Avery Owens, Anderson’s Camie Brunet, Tusculum’s Taylor Patterson, Wingate’s Morgan Winston, Tusculum’s Kate Hutchinson and Wingate’s Kelli Ferguson. Hutchinson and Ferguson tied for the final spot on the team.
Strong, Owens and Brunet were also 2012 second-team All-SAC singles selections.
Completing the preseason All-SAC Second Team are the doubles tandems of Carson-Newman’s Stefy Stand and Patricia Guerreiro, Tusculum’s Taylor Patterson and Megan Buckmaster, and Newberry’s Aguirre and Romina Adum.
2013 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Wingate, 80 (8)
2. Anderson, 69 (1)
3. Tusculum, 63 (1)
4. Lincoln Memorial, 59
5. Newberry, 43
6. Mars Hill, 37
7. Catawba, 33
8t. Brevard, 27
8t. Carson-Newman, 27
10. Lenoir-Rhyne, 9
2013 Women's Tennis Preseason All-SAC Teams
Singles - Leah Donoff, LMU
Singles - Ali Evers, WU
Singles - Claire Dillman, BC
Singles - Tatiana Dualiby, MHC
Singles - Becca Thomas, WU
Singles - Susana Aguirre, NEW
Doubles - Ali Evers/Becca Thomas, WU
Doubles - Claire Dillman/Michelle Prata, BC
Doubles - Anna Rickenbaker/Tatiana Dualiby, MHC
Singles - Ariel Strong, NEW
Singles - Avery Owens, AU
Singles - Camie Brunet, AU
Singles - Taylor Patterson, TC
Singles - Morgan Winston, WU
Singles - Kate Hutchinson, TC*
Singles - Kelli Ferguson, WU*
Doubles - Stefy Stand/Patricia Guerreiro, C-N
Doubles - Taylor Patterson/Megan Buckmaster, TC
Doubles - Susana Aguirre/Romina Adum, NEW
*Tied for final second-team position