January 24, 2012
Women's Tennis Tabbed Ninth in SAC Preseason Poll
ROCK HILL, SC -- The Catawba women’s tennis team was picked ninth in the preseason South Atlantic Conference Coaches Poll. The Catawba Indians went 13-13 last season and finished seventh in the league, just missing a spot in the SAC Tournament. Catawba returns six players from a year ago, including five that saw action in league matches.
Catawba went 4-2 during its fall matches in 2011. Sophomore Ally Prior Raleigh, NC/Wakefield HS) saw action at #1 in the fall after posting a 17-5 mark last year while playing in the lower three slots. Freshman Sloan Kessler (Onalaska, WI/La Crosse Aquinas HS) played mainly #2 in the fall, posting a 4-2 mark. Junior Maggie McKee (Mt. Airy, NC/Mt. Airy HS) returns to the #3 spot as does senior Steffi Cook (Alpharetta, GA/Milton HS) at #4. Cook broke the school record for career wins in the fall.
Senior Candace Hall (Denver, NC/E. Lincoln HS) saw action at #5 in the fall, while junior Hannah Kovach (Salisbury, NC/E. Rowan HS) and sophomore Olivia Myers (Lexington, NC/W. Davidson HS) saw time at the #5 and #6 spots. Both Hall and Myers did double duty in the fall as they also ran cross country for Catawba.
Wingate earned the top spot in the preseason poll, which was announced by the league office on Tuesday. The defending conference champion Bulldogs received seven first place-votes. No. 2 in the poll is Anderson and is followed by Lincoln Memorial. Tusculum was fourth, with two first-place votes with Mars Hill tabbed as fifth and received the other first-place nod.
The top six teams in the final standings will advance to the 2012 Food Lion SAC Championship. This season’s tournament will again be held in Rock Hill, SC at the Rock Hill Tennis Center on April 19-22.
2012 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll
Team, Points (1st-place votes)
1. Wingate, 96 (7)
2. Anderson, 84
3. Lincoln Memorial, 77
4. Tusculum, 66 (2)
5. Mars Hill, 61 (1)
6. Brevard, 55
7. Newberry, 37
8. Carson-Newman, 36
9. Catawba, 28
10. Lenoir-Rhyne, 10
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 2-3
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 1-4
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6-5
Softball vs LEES-McRAE 4-1
Baseball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 0-5
Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA TECH 15-7
Softball @ Limestone 8-1
Softball @ Limestone 1-2
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 1 (Crescent Pointe GC)
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 1 (CC of Salisbury)
Lacrosse (W) vs. FELICIAN 24-1
Golf (W) @ Low Country Inv - Day 2 (Crescent Pointe GC) 8th of 11
Golf (M) in RICHARD RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of Salisbury) 2nd of 17
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
Baseball @ Carson-Newman 5-2
Tennis (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 1-8
Tennis (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2-7
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 (W) vs. WINGATE 0-9
Tennis (M) vs. WINGATE 1-8
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.
Swimming @ NCAA II Championships (Day 3 - Finals) 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 1-10
Track/Field @ UNC Pembroke Braves Classic
Track/Field @ UNCC 49er Classic (Day 2)
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 19-10
Baseball vs. TUSCULUM 13-12
Tennis (W) @ Tusculum 0-9
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 10-6
Tennis (M) @ Tusculum 3-6
Softball @ Lincoln Memorial 7-8
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 1 (Columbia CC)
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 1 (Rolling Hills CC)
Golf (M) @ Bank of TR Inv - Day 2 (Columbia CC) 4th of 10
Golf (W) @ Wingate Challenge - Day 2 (Rolling Hills CC) 6th of 11
Lacrosse (W) @ Wingate 12-11
Lacrosse (M) @ Wingate 5-12
Tennis (M) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. NEWBERRY 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 2 p.m.
Softball vs LENOIR-RHYNE 4 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 1)
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Track/Field @ adidas Winthrop Invitational (Day 2)
Lacrosse (W) @ Lincoln Memorial noon
Baseball @ Mars Hill noon
Softball vs MARS HILL 1 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. ANDERSON 1 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Mars Hill 3 p.m.
Softball vs MARS HILL 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.
Softball vs QUEENS 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) @ Queens 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ 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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