CHARLOTTE, NC–For the ninth consecutive year, the Winthrop women’s tennis team has been voted first in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll by the league’s head coaches, it was announced today by the Conference office.
The Lady Eagles picked up eight first-place bids and 98 points in earning the No. 1 ranking. Charleston Southern claimed two first-place votes and 90 points to place second in the poll, ahead of Liberty’s 74 points. In fourth with 70 points was Campbell, followed by Coastal Carolina with 68 points. UNC Asheville landed in the No. 6 slot with 47 points, while Radford’s 35 points was good for seventh. Gardner-Webb was selected eighth with 34 points, while Longwood and Presbyterian College round out the poll tied for ninth place as each school notched 17 points.
Coach Cid Carvalho returns eight players from last year’s Big South championship team. Senior Andressa Garcia will lead the veteran squad as she will look to finish her career with four titles and four NCAA tournament appearances. Also returning are juniors Ekin Gunaysu, Camille Amrami and Monica Aguado, and sophomores Alice Garcia, Caitlin Cridland, Tijuana Uzelac, and Beth Williamson.
Winthrop will open its season at home on Feb. 8 when it plays host to College of Charleston.. The Big South Women’s Tennis Conference Championship is slated for Monday-Friday, April 14-18, and will be hosted by Gardner-Webb.