Tennis (W)

Tennis Teams Tabbed Eighth in SAC Preseason Poll


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- The South Atlantic Conference has released its 2019 Men’s and Women’s Preseason Tennis Coaches Polls. Both Catawba’s men and women were picked eighth by the coaches. Luca Picci was a second team preseason All-SAC selection, while Erisa Onchi was a second team pick on the women’s side.

Picci, a senior, went 7-7 at the No. 1 position last year and won five SAC matches. Onchi, a senior as well, was 9-8 at #1 and claimed four league wins.

Queens edged Wingate in the men’s poll by a single point with six first-place tallies to five for the Bulldogs. Wingate got six first-place votes to lead the women’s voting with Queens in second, earning three top nods. Tusculum, picked third, had two first-place votes.

The SAC spring tennis slate opened last weekend with Catawba getting back into action at home on Saturday against Belmont Abbey at 10 am. The 2019 SAC Tennis Championships are slated for April 16, 18-19 with quarterfinals at campus sites and the semifinals and finals at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
2019 SAC Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Queens (6), 106
2. Wingate (5), 105
3. Anderson, 83
4. Lincoln Memorial, 78
5. Tusculum, 74
6. Newberry, 66
7. Lenoir-Rhyne, 62
8. Catawba, 50
9. Coker, 39
10. Carson-Newman, 32
11. Mars Hill, 20
 2019 SAC Men's Tennis Preseason All-Conference
 First Team Doubles
Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea, Lenoir-Rhyne
Julian Bosch / Joel Dunlap, Queens
Agustin Aran Martin / Sebastian Meum, Queens
Second Team Doubles
Hufelder Duarte/Tomas Depiaggio, Anderson
Jesus Bacete-Sanz /Gabriel Dabdab, Carson-Newman
Jose Navarro / Sean Nguyen, Newberry
First Team Singles
Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Ignacio Bidegain, Anderson
Agustin Aran Martin, Queens
Julian Bosch, Queens
Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Second Team Singles
David Segarra, Lincoln Memorial
Gabriel Yaguar, Tusculum
Luca Picci, Catawba
Jose Navarro, Newberry
Matt Jones, Wingate
Hamed Gandouz, Lenoir-Rhyne 

2019 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Wingate, 106
2. Queens, 100
3. Tusculum, 97
4. Newberry, 74
5. Anderson, 70
6. Lincoln Memorial, 68
7. Lenoir-Rhyne, 55
8 .Catawba, 50
9. Carson-Newman, 43
10. Coker, 30
11. Mars Hill, 22
 2019 SAC Women's Tennis Preseason All-Conference
First Team Doubles
Annie McCullough/Caitlin McCullough, Tusculum
Yana Fleyer / Sasha Davidzenka, Queens
Amber Lackey / Africa Mota, Tusculum
Second Team Doubles
Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen, Lenoir-Rhyne
Laura Dean /Mirna Curcic, Anderson
Lucy Whelan/Marta Escanero, Lenoir-Rhyne
First Team Singles
Michela Verpelli, Wingate
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Yana Fleyer, Queens
Annie McCullough, Tusculum
Sasha Davidzenka, Queens
Caitlin McCullough, Tusculum
Second Team Singles
Laura Dean, Anderson
Elisa Aguirre, Newberry
Chyi Lee, Wingate
Sydney Homan, Wingate
Erisa Onchi, Catawba
Isabel Fornies, Queens
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial

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