Jan. 17, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Southeastern Conference released its 2014 women's tennis preseason poll, Friday. The 16th-ranked Vanderbilt women's tennis team was selected to finish fifth by the league's head coaches.
Defending SEC champ and NCAA semifinalist Florida Gators were picked as the overall champion. Last season, the Gators went 26-3, 12-1 in the SEC. They are currently ranked second in the ITA rankings.
Rounding out the top five are Georgia (2), Texas A&M (3), Alabama (4) and Vanderbilt.
The preseason poll is voted on by the women's tennis head coach at each institution and is based on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 vote. The team they vote in the number one spot gets their vote for overall champion, with each vote counting as one point.
Vanderbilt opens the season as the 16th-ranked team in the country. Last season the Commodores finished with a 16-12 overall record and 7-6 record in conference play. The 'Dores made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Clemson.
The Commodores open the dual match season next weekend at the ITA Kick-off hosted by No. 25 Nebraska. Vanderbilt will face No. 18 Texas Tech in the opening round on Saturday, January 25.