FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - St. Mary's College of Maryland men's tennis was picked to finish sixth in the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, the league announced today (Feb. 7).
Mary Washington edged Christopher Newport for the top spot in the 2019 CAC Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Eagles received seven first-place votes and 49 points, to narrowly edge the Captains (43 points, 1 first-place votes) atop the preseason rankings. UMW defeated CNU by a 5-1 decision in last year's conference championship match as the Eagles captured their 22nd league title.
Salisbury finished third in the voting with 37 points, while Southern Virginia (30 points) and York (24) were projected in fourth and fifth place, respectively. St. Mary's was close behind York in sixth place with 21 points, while Penn State Harrisburg (12 points) and Frostburg State (8) rounded out the preseason rankings.
St. Mary's is coming off a season where they finished 5-10 overall and 2-5 in CAC play. However, the Seahawks return five of their seven members including their top two performers in Jon Gorel and Ethan Garren who both return for their junior seasons. The Seahawks went 1-2 this past fall as they defeated Catholic University but fell to Stevenson University and Gettysburg College. Gorel is the lone returning All-Conference performer from last year as he landed himself on the Capital Athletic Conferences Second Team. St. Mary's boasts a ten-man roster this year and add newcomers Liam Murdoch and Sam Sheats.
The Seahawks will open up their spring season by hosting Roanoke on Feb. 23. The CAC Tournament will begin April 26, with the championship match slated for Saturday, May 3.
Points (First-Place Votes)
|1.||Mary Washington||49 (7)|
|2.||Christopher Newport||43 (1)|
|7.||Penn State Harrisburg||12|
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