SEC preseason poll announced

Jan. 17, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Vanderbilt men’s tennis was picked to finish fifth in the SEC Eastern Division by the league’s coaches, as it was announced by the conference Thursday morning.

The Ole Miss Rebels were picked as the overall champion with five first-place votes. VU received one first-place vote. Vanderbilt begins the spring season ranked No. 37 in the ITA Rankings.

Georgia was voted as Eastern Division Champion with 65 points. The rest of the Eastern was: 2. Tennessee (47 points), 3. Florida (42 points), 4. Kentucky (37 points), 5. Vanderbilt (27 points), 6. South Carolina (13 points).

Voted second in the Western Division behind Ole Miss was Mississippi State with 63 points, while Texas A&M was third with 53 points. The remainder of the West was: 4. Auburn (46 points), 5. LSU (34 points), 6. Alabama (22 points), and Arkansas (16 points).

The preseason poll is voted on by the men’s tennis head coach at each institution and is based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 count in the Eastern Division and 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 in the Western Division. They also vote for the overall champion, with each vote counting as one point. Missouri does not have a men’s tennis program.

Vanderbilt begins the dual season on Friday, Jan. 18, when the Commodores host Butler at 4 p.m. at the Currey Tennis Center.

The complete tally for the poll is below.             

Eastern Division               Points                  
1. Georgia                         65
2. Tennessee                    47
3. Florida                          42
4. Kentucky                      37
5. Vanderbilt                     27
6. South Carolina              13 

Western Division            Points
1. Ole Miss                     74
2. Mississippi State         63
3. Texas A&M                 53
4. Auburn                        46
5. LSU                            34
6. Alabama                      22
7. Arkansas                     16 

Overall Regular Season Champion:  Ole Miss (5 points); Georgia (3) Mississippi State (2), Vanderbilt (1).



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