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

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

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference's men's tennis coaches have released their 2017 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.

N.C. Wesleyan College, under second-year Head Coach Dustin Hale, was picked to be the East Division favorite. The Bishops captured both the USA South Regular Season and Tournament crowns last spring for the eighth consecutive season. N.C. Wesleyan received 25 total points and five first place votes in the preseason poll. Methodist University, last season's Conference Tournament runners-up, was second with 20 points. Placing third in the poll with 18 points and the final first place vote was Averett University followed by Ferrum College in fourth with 14 points. Rounding out the poll with seven points each were Greensboro College and William Peace University.

Piedmont College, under the direction of Head Coach Shane Wood in his 14th year, was chosen as the West Division leader. Last spring, the Lions finished fourth in the final Conference regular season standings and advanced to the semifinals of the USA South Tournament. Piedmont received 15 total points and three first place votes in the preseason poll. Placing second in the poll with 14 points and the final two first place votes was Covenant College. LaGrange College followed in third place with nine points as Huntingdon College was fourth with eight points. Rounding out the poll with four points was Maryville College.

The men's tennis spring season gets underway during the weekend of February 4-5 as Greensboro and William Peace are in action.

The 2017 USA South Men's Tennis Tournament will be played April 13-15 in LaGrange, Georgia as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival, hosted by the City of LaGrange and Troup County. Matches will take place at both the McCluskey Tennis Center and LaGrange College's Varsity Courts. The top-three teams from each division following regular season play will advance to the tournament.

2017 USA South Men's Tennis
Coaches Preseason Poll

East Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. N.C. Wesleyan (5) 25
2. Methodist 20
3. Averett (1) 18
4. Ferrum 14
t-5. Greensboro 7
t-5. William Peace 7
2017 USA South Men's Tennis
Coaches Preseason Poll

West Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Piedmont (3) 15
2. Covenant (2) 14
3. LaGrange 9
4. Huntingdon 8
5. Maryville 4


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