N.C. Wesleyan & Piedmont Picked as USA South Women's Tennis Favorites

N.C. Wesleyan & Piedmont Picked as USA South Women's Tennis Favorites

The USA South Athletic Conference's women's tennis coaches have released their 2019 preseason polls. Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division-only. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting.

Placing first in the USA South East Division poll was N.C. Wesleyan College, led by head coach Albie Brice. The Battling Bishops are the defending Conference Tournament champions, capturing the title for the second time in program history. N.C. Wesleyan received 63 total points and seven first place votes and were followed by last season's East Division regular season league champions, Methodist University with 55 points and the remaining two first place votes. Averett University rounded out the top-three with 47 points.

Atop the USA South West Division poll was Piedmont College, who will be led by first-year head coach Trey Martin and are the defending USA South West Division regular season champions. The Lions received 61 total points in the preseason poll to go along with seven first place votes. Huntingdon College was ranked second with 56 points and one first place vote while Covenant College placed third with 50 points and the final remaining first place vote.

The USA South welcomed Brevard College and Pfeiffer University last season as institutions reclassifying from NCAA Division II status. This year each of their teams are included in the preseason poll and eligible for regular season championship honors. Both Brevard and Pfeiffer still will not be eligible to qualify for the USA South Tournament and/or the NCAA Tournament until full NCAA Division III membership is established. 

The 2019 USA South Women's Tennis Tournament will be played April 26-28 in LaGrange, Georgia as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival, hosted by the City of LaGrange and Troup County. The tournament will take place both at the McCluskey Tennis Center and the LaGrange College Varsity Courts. The top-four teams from each division will advance to the tournament.

 

2019 USA South Women's Tennis Coaches Preseason Poll
East Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. N.C. Wesleyan# (7) 63 
2. Methodist^ (2) 55 
3. Averett 47 
4. Meredith 44 
5. Pfeiffer* 35 
6. Salem 31 
7. Greensboro 22 
8. William Peace 16 
9. Mary Baldwin 11
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Division Champion
#Defending Tournament Champion
2019 USA South Women's Tennis Coaches Preseason Poll
West Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Piedmont^ (7) 61 
2. Huntingdon (1) 56 
3. Covenant (1) 50 
4. LaGrange 43 
5. Brevard* 36 
6. Agnes Scott 31 
7. Maryville 24 
8. Berea 15 
9. Wesleyan 8
*Ineligible for USA South Tournament (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
^Defending Division Champion