Tennis (W)

Hirsch Named Preseason First Team All-SAC in Women's Tennis


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- The Catawba women’s tennis team was tabbed ninth in the 2020 South Atlantic Conference Woen’s Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll. Senior Sophie Hirsch was named to the preseason All-SAC team first team in singles.

Wingate claimed seven first-place votes in the poll and is the preseason favorite. Tusculum took four top votes and was second in the poll, while Queens was third and received one first-place vote.

Hirsch played #2 singles for Catawba last season and had a 17-3 record in singles. She was 8-2 in conference matches. In doubles, Hirsch 11-9 with a 5-4 league mark,
The 2020 South Atlantic Conference Women's Tennis season gets underway on Friday, January 31. Catawba will get under way on Feb. 5 as the women travel to Limestone for a match at 2 p.m. The 2020 SAC Women's Tennis Championship is set for April 14, 17-18 with quarterfinals at campus sites and the semifinals and finals taking place at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
2002 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Wingate, 128 (7)
2. Tusculum, 120 (4)
3. Queens, 116 (1)
4. Lenoir-Rhyne, 99
5. Anderson, 86
6. Lincoln Memorial, 74
7. Carson-Newman, 67
8. Newberry, 65
9. Catawba, 65
10. Coker, 50
11. Mars Hill, 31
12. UVa-Wise, 23
2020 SAC Women's Tennis Preseason All-Conference
First Team Singles
Alisa Rudenko, Wingate
Sophie Hirsch, Catawba
Yana Fleyer, Queens
Ana Carla Resende, Carson-Newman
Sasha Davidzenka, Queens
Gemma Southwick, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team Singles
Julia Lopez, Tusculum
Liza Akimenko, UVa-Wise
Viktorija Veselinova, Queens
Chyi Lee, Wingate
Camilla Ciaccia, Wingate
Isabel Fornies, Queens

First Team Doubles
Elisa Aguirre / Judit Gonzalez Agud, Newberry
Sasha Davidzenka / Yana Fleyer, Queens
Gemma Southwick / Diana Babinets, Lenoir-Rhyne

Second Team Doubles
Mirna Curcic/Anna Greer, Anderson
Isabel Fornies/Caity Klaassen, Queens
Julia Lopez / Africa Mota, Tusculum

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