NEW HAVEN, Conn. - - Now in its third year of existence, the Wilmington University women's tennis team will look to take yet another leap forward in 2018, as the team was picked third with 56 points in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by the conference office Friday.
The Wildcats advanced to the 2017 CACC Tournament Championship match in their second season as a program, narrowly falling to the East Region's number one team Goldey-Beacom, 5-3, in the final. The Wildcats went 12-8 overall last year, going 6-2 in the CACC and again just missing out on postseason play in the spring.
Those same Lightning sit atop this year's CACC Preseason Poll, earning five first place votes for 77 total points. They narrowly finished ahead of Concordia who earned four first place votes and 75 points for second. The Wildcats, who defeated Concordia in the CACC Tournament Semifinals, picked up 56 points for third place overall.
USciences grabbed 46 points for fourth place while Jefferson picked up 41 points for fifth place to round out the expected participants in the 2018 CACC Tournament.
Chestnut Hill earned 37 points followed by Post (33 points), Caldwell (22 points), and Holy Family (12 points) to round out the CACC Preseason Coaches Poll.
The CACC Tournament will once again be hosted by Post University in Waterbury, Conn., at the end of the fall season.
The Wildcats begin the 2018 trek with a home match against Stockton on Friday, August 31 at the Delcastle Tennis Center. The CACC portion of the schedule begins on the road on September 18 at Chestnut Hill.
2018 CACC WOMEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL
1. Goldey-Beacom College – 77 (5)
2. Concordia College – 75 (4)
3. Wilmington University – 56
4. University of the Sciences – 46
5. Jefferson – 41
6. Chestnut Hill College – 37
7. Post University – 33
8. Caldwell University – 22
9. Holy Family University – 12