Clinton, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s and women's tennis team were selected to finish fifth in the Big South Preseason Poll as voted on by the head coaches, the league office announced on Wednesday. The men's team was tied for fifth.
The men’s squad, headed by fourth-year coach Patrick Fediuk, garnered 45 points in the poll, receiving a pair of third-place votes to sit four points behind fourth ranked Longwood. The Blue Hose share the fifth spot in the poll with UNC Asheville. Campbell received two first-place votes and is atop the poll with 72 points. Winthrop collected the most first-place votes, five, and is second in the poll with 71 points. Gardner-Webb rounded out the top three with 57 points and a first-place vote. USC Upstate (29 points), Radford (28 points, one first-place vote), and Hampton (nine points) complete the poll.
The women’s team, under first-year head coach Steve Brooks, earned 56 points in the poll to place fifth, three points behind fourth-ranked Radford. Winthrop garnered all 10 first-place votes to top the poll with 100 points. Campbell garnered 86 points and Charleston Southern received 81 points complete the top three. UNC Asheville (54 points), Gardner-Webb (47 points), USC Upstate (31 points), Longwood (18 points), and Hampton (18 points) round out the poll.
The men’s team begins their season this weekend with matches against Charlotte on Saturday January 12 and South Carolina January 13. The women’s team will open their 2019 schedule against Clemson and Lees-McRae on January 20.