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Wolves tabbed seventh in SAC preseason coaches' poll

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Newberry women’s tennis team has been predicted to finish No. 7 by the South Atlantic Conference coaches in the 2012 SAC women’s tennis preseason poll.

Newberry opens the 2012 season on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Newberry High School when the Wolves play host to Lander.

Wingate has earned the top spot in the 2012 SAC women’s tennis preseason poll, which was voted on by the conference’s head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday.

The defending conference champion Bulldogs received 96 points and seven first place-votes to take the top spot. WU’s lineup will be anchored by 2011 SAC Freshman of the Year and 2012 preseason All-SAC First Team selection Ali Evers. Evers is currently rated 16th in the ITA Southeast Region Rankings, which are based off fall tournament results.

No. 2 in the poll is Anderson, which totaled 84 points coming off its first season in the SAC. The Trojans bring back Lauren Trumbull, a preseason All-SAC First Team selection, and junior Camie Beaulieu-Brunet, who is currently ranked 18th in the Southeast Region.

Picked to finish third is Lincoln Memorial with 77 points followed by Tusculum, which tallied 66 points, including two first-place votes.

Mars Hill was selected to finish fifth with 61 points and one first-place vote. The Lions’ lineup will be led by 2011 SAC Player of the Year Erika Pinate.

Behind MHC was Brevard at No. 6 and Newberry at No. 7.

Carson-Newman finished a point behind the Wolves to come in at No. 8 in the preseason poll, while Catawba was projected to finish ninth.

Rounding out the poll is Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 10.

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, S.C. 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

2012 SAC Women’s Tennis Preseason All-Conference Team
First Team
Lauren Trumbull, Anderson
Lindsay Hostetter, Brevard
Leah Donoff, Lincoln Memorial
Sofia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
Ali Evers, Wingate
Morgan Winston, Wingate
Olivia Poole, Wingate

Second Team
Avery Owens, Anderson
Claire Dillman, Brevard
Michelle Prata, Brevard
Kylie Elliot, Carson-Newman
Kelsey Love, Lenoir-Rhyne
Emily Mauser, Lenoir-Rhyne
Alexandra Granger, Lincoln Memorial
Tatiana Dualiby, Mars Hill

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