MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University women's tennis team was chosen to place third in the Northeast-10 standings this season according to the NE10 Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released Wednesday.
Southern New Hampshire snagged one first-place vote and finished with 96 points, which was behind Stonehill College, which earned seven first-place votes and 115 points to edge defending NE10 Champion Adelphi University, which collected four first-place votes and 114 points.
Assumption College was fourth with 86 points, just in front of Le Moyne College and its 82 points. Merrimack College (74) and Bentley University (68) comprised the middle of the poll in sixth and seventh, respectively, while the University of New Haven (49), Saint Michael's College (35), Saint Anselm College (32), American International College (24) and Franklin Pierce University (17) rounded it out.
Head coach Greg Coache, who will enter his 12th season with the team, will try and guide the squad back to the NE10 finals for the first time since 2013. Last year, the Penmen finished 11-6, including 9-3 in NE10 play to earn the No. 3 seed for the NE10 Championship, garnering a spot in the semifinals for the 11th straight season.
SNHU will return three of its starters from a year ago, including senior Anna Sala (Matadepera, Spain), who was 11-1 in the league to earn All-Conference Second Team honors, and classmate Sofia Morais (Porto, Portugal), who finished 8-3 in the NE10. Third Team senior Rachel Wagner (Framingham, Mass.), who finished 6-2 in league play, is also back.
The Penmen open the season Saturday, Sept. 1 (11 a.m.) when they play host to the New York Institute of Technology at the SNHU Tennis Courts at Penmen Stadium.
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2018 NE-10 Preseason Women's Tennis Coaches' Poll
1. Stonehill – 115 (7)
2. Adelphi – 114 (4)
3. So. New Hampshire – 96 (1)
4. Assumption – 86
5. Le Moyne – 82
6. Merrimack – 74
7. Bentley – 68
8. New Haven – 49
9. Saint Michael's – 35
10. Saint Anselm – 32
11. American Int'l – 24
12. Franklin Pierce – 17
(#) – indicates first-place votes