Tennis Picked Third In A-10 Preseason Poll
Jan. 27, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - After finishing the 2012 campaign with a trip to the Atlantic 10 Championship finals, the UMass women's tennis team has been picked to finish third in the league for the 2013 campaign as voted on by the conference coaches.
Atlantic 10 newcomer VCU was picked to win the conference championship, while Richmond was picked second. Richmond narrowly defeated UMass last season in the championship finals.
Massachusetts, the top seed and runner-up in last year's championship, is predicted to place third at this year's event under 2012 Coach of the Year, Judy Dixon. The Minutewomen will look to returning standouts junior Sonia Bokhari and senior Julia Comas. Bokhari, a first team all-conference selection, finished with a 19-12 overall record, including 15-7 record in dual play. Comas, primarily playing from the three and four spots, recorded 21 overall singles wins and a 15-8 dual match record.
Temple, which lost in the semifinals to Massachusetts (4-3) in the 2012 tournament, was picked to finish fourth, followed by Charlotte (fifth), Xavier (sixth) and George Washington (seventh). The Billikens were picked to place eighth, while Fordham (ninth), Duquesne (10th), Rhode Island (11th), Butler (12th), Saint Joseph's (13th), Dayton (14th), St. Bonaventure (15th) and La Salle (16th).
The 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis tournament will be held April 18-21 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
UMass will begin the spring season this Friday, Feb. 1 at Brown. The match is set for a 3:30 PM start.
2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Predicted Order of Finish (First place votes)