Rock Hill, S.C. - Lindsay Shaeffer, Lindsay Hostetter and Claire Dillman were all selected to the 2011 Preseason All-SAC team and the Tornados women’s tennis team was picked fifth in the SAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the South Atlantic Conference Office on Friday afternoon.
A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, Shaeffer returns for Coach Nicole Bumgarner to lead the Tornados team in the spring season as a Preseason First Team selection. Hostetter joins Shaeffer on the First Team, coming off a season in which she went 12-5 (6-1 SAC) in singles and 13-4 (7-1 SAC) in doubles at the #2 position. Dillman rounds out the group on the All-SAC Preseason Second Team, finishing up her freshman year with an 13-5 record in singles and 11-7 doubles record.
Lincoln Memorial University, the defending 2010 Food Lion Tournament champion, is the favorite to win the 2011 South Atlantic Conference women's tennis championship in a vote of the league's head coaches.
Lincoln Memorial received seven first place votes and 96 total points. The Railsplitters went 18-4 last year, including a 7-1 record in SAC play and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Lincoln Memorial placed two players on the preseason first team All-Conference, Sofia Lopez Mimendi and Leah Donoff, the 2010 Freshman and Player of the Year.
Tusculum College, which shared the 2010 regular-season championship with Lincoln Memorial, is second in the voting with 78 total points. The Pioneers placed five on the preseason All-Conference team. Courtney Conley made the first team, while Megan Buckmaster, Katelyn Doss, Taylor Patterson, and Blake Thompson all made the second team.
Wingate University received one first-place vote and 76 total points to finish third. Wingate returns two preseason All-Conference selections in Kara Stasikelis, who made the first team, and Samantha Alschlager, who made the second, from a squad that finished 2010 with a 6-2 conference record.
Anderson University is in fourth in the poll after receiving one first place vote and 75 points total. The Trojans are led by Julie Halbert, a second team preseason All-Conference pick.
Brevard College received 63 points for fifth place. The Tornados placed three players on the preseason All-Conference team. Lindsay Hostetter and Lindsay Shaeffer both made the first team, while Claire Dillman was a second team pick.
Carson-Newman College received 50 total points for sixth place. Taryn Cappadona was named to the preseason All-Conference first team.
Mars Hill College received one first-place vote and 46 total points for seventh place. The Lions are led by preseason first team All-Conference selection Erika Pinate.
Catawba College finished the voting in eighth after receiving 33 total points. Kasia Zielinski is a second team preseason All-Conference pick.
Lenoir-Rhyne University received 21 points for ninth place.
Newberry College rounds out the poll with 12 points.
The top six teams in the conference standings at the end of the season advance to the 2011 Food Lion SAC Tournament. The tournament will be at the Rock Hill Tennis Center in Rock Hill, S.C. Quarterfinals will be Wednesday, April 20, with the semifinals on Thursday, April 21. The championship match will be Friday, April 22.
2011 SAC WOMEN'S TENNIS COACHES POLL
Poll 1st Points
1. Lincoln Memorial 7 96
2. Tusculum 78
3. Wingate 1 76
4. Anderson 1 75
5. Brevard 63
6. Carson-Newman 50
7. Mars Hill 1 46
8. Catawba 33
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 21
10. Newberry 12
2011 SOUTH ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM
Lindsay Hostetter, Brevard
Lindsay Shaeffer, Brevard
Taryn Cappadona, Carson-Newman
Leah Donoff, Lincoln Memorial
Sofia Lopez Mimendi, Lincoln Memorial
Erika Pinate, Mars Hill
Courtney Conley, Tusculum
Kara Stasikelis, Wingate
Julie Halbert, Anderson
Claire Dillman, Brevard
Kasia Zielinski, Catawba
Megan Buckmaster, Tusculum
Katelyn Doss, Tusculum
Taylor Patterson, Tusculum
Blake Thompson, Tusculum
Samantha Alschlager, Wingate