2018 Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis Preview and Players to Watch

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2018 Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis preseason poll has been released. Chowan University will enter the season as the favorite to win the Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis Championship, according to Conference Carolinas coaches.


1.
 Chowan University: Chowan nabbed seven first-place votes and 87 points from Conference coaches to enter 2018. The Hawks went 20-9 overall in 2017.

2018 will be Chowan's first year in Conference Carolinas.

Players to Watch:

  • Cynthia Carrier (Jr.)
  • Polina Novachuk (Sr.)

 

2.  Limestone College: The Saints enter the season with three first-place votes and 79 points. Limestone turned in a 11-8 overall record in 2017, which included a 9-1 Conference Carolinas record.

Returning 2017 Freshman of the Year and All-Conference Carolinas selection Camille Haus returns for Limestone, which could be the key to the Saints repeating as regular season champs.

Players to Watch:

  • Alexandra Dolfi (Fr.)
  • *Camille Haus (So.)
  • Alison Walsh (Fr.)

 

3. Southern Wesleyan University: The Warriors enter this season ranked third with 70 points. SWU ended last season 12-10 overall and 8-3 in Conference play.

Players to Watch:

  • Jennifer Ball (Jr.)
  • Alexia Rodriguez (So.)

 

4. University of Mount Olive: The Trojans are only two points behind the Warriors with 68 points and one first-place vote. Mount Olive finished last season 7-4 in league play and 12-8 overall.

The Trojans will be looking to repeat as Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis champions in 2018 after winning the 2017 tournament crown. The tournament championship earned UMO a bid to the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship.

Players to Watch: N/A

 

5. Barton College: The Bulldogs barely enter the season fifth after tallying 67 points from league coaches. Barton finished last season by going 12-11 overall and 6-5 in Conference Carolinas play.

The Bulldogs finished as runner-ups to the Trojans in the 2017 Women's Tennis Championship. However, with All-Conference Carolinas selection Marissa Stevenson returning, the Bulldogs should be seen as a threat for a championship in 2018.

Players to Watch:

  • Daria Avram (Jr.)
  • Vanessa Sanoja (Jr.)
  • *Marissa Stevenson (So.)

 

6. North Greenville University: North Greenville was tabbed sixth with 63 points. The Crusaders went 8-3 in Conference play and 9-13 overall.

Players to Watch:

  • *Fernanda Santos de Lucca (Jr.)

 

7. Erskine College: The Fleet managed 57 points from Conference coaches. Erskine turned in an even 10-10 overall record and 7-4 Conference Carolinas mark in 2017.

Players to Watch:

  • Rachel Berkey (Jr.)
  • Katie Loudermilk (So.)
  • Eileen Rickert (Fr.)

 

8.  Belmont Abbey College: The Crusaders were one point shy of a seventh-place tie, but enter 2018 in eighth with 56 points. Belmont Abbey finished 10-16 overall and 4-7 in league play a season ago.

Players to Watch:

  • Teagan McNamara (Jr.)
  • Erika Noblett (Sr.)
  • Alex Weber (Sr.)

 

9. Converse College: The Valkyries posted 24 points from Conference coaches to enter the season ranked ninth. Converse went 6-16 overall and 2-9 overall in 2017.

Players to Watch:

  • Kaitlin Knight (Sr.)
  • Steffi Kong (So.)
  • Taylor Parrott (So.)

 

10. King University: The Tornado check in at 10th with 22 points. King went 0-11 in Conference Carolinas play and 2-15 overall last year.

Players to Watch:

  • Isla Bell (Fr.)
  • Vanessa Francois (Fr.)
  • Thalía Roustand (Fr.)

 

11. Lees-McRae College: The Bobcats round out the preseason poll in 11th with 12 points. Lees-McRae went 1-10 in league contests and 4-13 overall in 2017.

Players to Watch:

  • Jaden Acklin (So.)
  • Sandy Allen (Fr.)
  • Mackenzie Langmade (Jr.)


*denotes 2017 All-Conference Carolinas selection

 

2018 Women's Tennis Preseason Poll

School (first-place votes) Total
1. Chowan (7) 87
2. Limestone (3) 79
3. Southern Wesleyan 70
4. Mount Olive (1) 68
5. Barton 67
6. North Greenville 63
7. Erskine 57
8. Belmont Abbey 56
9. Converse 24
10. King 22
11.Lees-McRae 12

 


Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.