College Tennis News – Guilford Men Third, Women Seventh in Preseason ODAC Tennis Polls

Posted by Press Release on February 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

Greensboro, N.C. (2-9-12) — Guilford College’s men’s tennis team earned the third-place spot in the preseason Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Coaches’ Poll released Thursday. The Quakers’ women’s tennis team was picked seventh in voting by the league’s head coaches. Washington and Lee University’s women received 10 of 11 first-place votes and Hollins University picked up the final vote. Washington and Lee topped Bridgewater College for first in the men’s poll with nine of the 10 top votes.

Second-year head coach Dave McCain’s Quakers received 57 points in the men’s poll. Guilford returns five letter winners from last year’s 7-10 team. Senior captain Clayton Hamilton (Greensboro, N.C./Page (Greensboro)), a 2011 Second Team All-ODAC honoree, and sophomore Tyler Mercier (Bennington, Neb. /Westside), a Second Team All-ODAC pick and the 2011 Rookie of the Year, are two of Guilford’s key returnees. The pair formed the Quakers’ second-place first-doubles tandem in 2011 with a 12-4 record. Juniors Mark Cheong (Brooklyn, N.Y./Kent School (Conn.)), Ben Nelson (Charlotte, N.C./Homeschooled) and Charlie Smith (Steamboat Springs, Colo. /Steamboat Springs) plus four newcomers round out the lineup.

Guilford’s women’s team, also under the direction of McCain for the second year, returns two letter winners from last year’s 8-11 club. The Quakers earned 49 votes in the preseason poll. Junior Adelaide Ayres (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) and sophomore Natalie Sutton (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) are the lone veterans from last year’s squad.

Both teams open their spring schedule Friday, Feb. 10 at home against Bluefield College.

   2012 ODAC Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll      
   Place    Team                     Points (first-place votes)
   1.       Washington and Lee       81 (9)
   2.       Bridgewater              66 (1)
   3.       Guilford                 57
   4.       Hampden-Sydney           56
   5.       Roanoke                  49
   6.       Emory & Henry            47
   7.       Virginia Wesleyan        35
   8.       Randolph-Macon           32
   9.       Lynchburg                17
  10.       Randolph                 10
 
  2012 ODAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll
   Place    Team                     Points (first-place votes)
   1.       Washington and Lee       100 (10)
   2.       Hollins                  86 (1)
   3.       Sweet Briar              79
   4.       Bridgewater              76
   5.       Roanoke                  61
   6.       Virginia Wesleyan        55
   7.       Guilford                 49
   8.       Randolph-Macon           39
   9.       Emory & Henry            27
  10.       Lynchburg                21
  11.       Randolph                 12

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