Women's Tennis Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll

Katie Staman
Katie Staman

Women's Tennis Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll

FOREST, Va. --- Fourteen-time defending champion Washington and Lee University stands atop the ODAC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll, conducted annually by the league's head coaches. The Generals earned 121 points with a full allotment of 10 first place votes. Randolph-Macon College picked up the remaining top nod and joined W&L above the century mark with 109 points. Roanoke College rounds out the top three with 96 points.

The Marlins are in ninth place in the preseason poll, five votes ahead of Guilford College and eight votes from Randolph College who is found in the eighth spot.

Virginia Wesleyan returns a young squad with just two juniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen. The Marlins feature four newcomers this season, two freshmen and two sophomores.

The Marlins kick off the season on March 5 with an ODAC match at Washington and Lee University. The time is still to be announced for that contest.

Listed below is the complete 2017 ODAC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll as well as preview capsules for each of the ODAC women's tennis programs.  For more information on ODAC women's tennis, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the ODAC's home on the Internet at www.odaconline.com.  Don't forget to become a fan of the ODAC on Facebook and follow @odacathletics on Twitter and odacathletics on Instagram.

2017 ODAC WOMEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes
1. Washington and Lee University (11) 121 pts.
2. Randolph-Macon College (1) 109 pts.
3. Roanoke College 96 pts.
4. Bridgewater College 81 pts.
5. Lynchburg College 77 pts.
6. Emory & Henry College 61 pts.
7. Shenandoah University 57 pts.
8. Randolph College 54 pts.
9. Virginia Wesleyan College 46 pts.
10. Guilford College 41 pts.
11. Hollins University 31 pts.
12. Sweet Briar College 18 pts.

 

2017 Poll Position: 4th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 5-12/4-6
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #6 Seed/Eliminated in quarterfinals
Head Coach: Jordon Robinson
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Whitney Cash (#5S/#1D), Stephanie Barton (#1D)
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Whitney Cash -- 8-8 (5-0 at #5)
Shannon Quinn -- 6-9 (3-1 at #3)
Holly Knupp -- 5-4 (3-2 at #3)
Ashley Price -- 5-10 (5-8 at #2)
Stephanie Barton -- 1-16 (1-14 at #1)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Stephanie Barton/Whitney Cash -- 8-7 (8-7 at #1)
Ashley Price/Shannon Quinn -- 8-7 (8-7 at #2)
Holly Knupp (w/ Haley Lloyd) -- 3-2 (3-2 at #3)

  2017 Poll Position: 2nd
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 17-2/9-1
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #2 Seed/Runner-up
Head Coach: Charles Gray
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Caitlin Delmas (#2S), Toni McDonald (#5S)
  Second Team: Kelsie Grice (#1S/#2D), Melissa Tomlin (#3S/#3D), Gaby Tersigni (#4S/#2D), Molly Jesseman (#3D)
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Toni McDonald -- 17-2 (14-2 at #5)
Gaby Tersigni -- 15-1 (13-1 at #4)
Melissa Tomlin -- 13-2 (11-2 at #3)
Molly Jesseman -- 13-2 (11-2 at #6)
Caitlin Delmas -- 12-3 (11-2 at #2)
Kelsie Grice -- 12-3 (10-3 at #1)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Kelsie Grice/Gaby Tersigni -- 15-3 (15-3 at #2)
Molly Jesseman/Melissa Tomlin -- 14-2 (14-2 at #3)
Caitlin Delmas (w/ Sid Corrigan) -- 11-6 (11-6 at #1) 
     
2017 Poll Position: 6th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 11-7/6-4
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #5 Seed/Eliminated in semifinals
Head Coach: Steve Brooks
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: Kaitlin Meade (#6S), Savanna Summers (#1D)
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Kaitlin Meade -- 11-3 (6-0 at #6)
Savanna Summers -- 9-8 (7-7 at #3)
Lauren Riner -- 5-11 (3-11 at #2)
Kaitlyn Sheaves -- 5-11 (3-5 at #4)
Kala Curtis -- 3-4 (3-2 at #6)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Savanna Summers (w/ Sveva Mazzari) -- 12-3 (12-3 at #1)
Lauren Riner/Kaitlyn Sheaves -- 6-8 (6-8 at #2)
Ana-Belen Gomez/Kaitlin Meade -- 5-3 (5-3 at #3) 
  2017 Poll Position: 3rd
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 12-11/8-2
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #3 Seed/Eliminated in semifinals
Head Coach: Daniel Ragsdale
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Emily Henderson (#1D)
  Second Team: Emily Henderson (#1S)
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Catherine Lee -- 9-10 (7-4 at #3)
Emily Henderson -- 8-11 (8-10 at #1)
Lydia Dey -- 8-8 (5-6 at #6)
Emma Barker -- 6-5 (4-4 at #4)
Tracy Kile -- 4-1 (2-1 at #6)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Catherine Lee (w/ Reed Kegel) -- 8-3 (5-1 at #3)
Emily Henderson (w/ Briell Smith) -- 8-5 (8-5 at #1)
Emma Barker (w/ Kristen McDowell) -- 8-6 (7-4 at #2)
     
2017 Poll Position: 10th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 6-9/4-6
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #7 Seed/Eliminated in quarterfinals
Head Coach: Dave McCain
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Leigh Fishman -- 4-13 (4-8 at #5)
Katie Claggett -- 3-11 (3-11 at #1)
Chandler Mac Donald -- 1-2 (done at indy tournament)
Nora Prokosch -- 1-13 (1-13 at #2)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Katie Claggett (w/ Riley Caruana) -- 6-9 (6-9 at #1)
Leigh Fishman (w/ Fernanda Gonzalez) -- 5-9 (5-9 at #2)
Chandler MacDonald/Nora Prokosch -- 3-6 (3-6 at #3) 
  2017 Poll Position: 7th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 9-7/4-6
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #8 Seed/Elminated in quarterfinals
Head Coach: Larry Hubbard
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Melodi Madison -- 7-7 (4-4 at #5)
Denise Vollmer -- 4-6 (3-3 at #6)
Audrea Wright -- 1-3 (1-0 at #6)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Denise Vollmer (w/ Kelsey Nicely) -- 6-3 (6-2 at #3)
Melodie Madison (w/ Amy Rapp) -- 3-6 (3-6 at #2)
Melodie Madison (w/ Kelsey Nicely) -- 1-1 (1-1 at #3)
     
2017 Poll Position: 11th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 2-13/0-10
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Brian Kastner
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Htet Myat San -- 6-2 (5-2 at #5)
Amelia Verkerk -- 6-9 (6-8 at #3)
Jhovanna Salmeron -- 3-12 (3-11 at #2)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Htet Myat San/Jhovanna Salmeron -- 5-5 (5-5 at #2)
Amelia Verkerk (w/ Gaelin McLeod) -- 2-6 (2-6 at #1)
Amelia Verkerk (w/Neha Batool) -- 1-4 (1-1 at #3) 
  2017 Poll Position: 12th
2016 Records - Overall: 8-9
Head Coach: Teresa Boylan
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
AJ Lukanuski -- 9-7 (7-6 at #1)
Gina Rutledge -- 8-8 (7-5 at #2)
Samantha Yew -- 7-10 (5-7 at #4)
Des'rae Davis -- 4-1 (3-0 at #6)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Samantha Yew (w/ Anna Colvin) -- 10-6 (9-6 at #2)
AJ Lukanuski/Gina Rutledge -- 8-7 (8-7 at #1)
Des'rae Davis/Alicia Wooten -- 1-2 (1-2 at #3) 
     
2017 Poll Position: 5th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 12-9/6-4
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #4 Seed/Eliminated in quarterfinals
Head Coach: Christopher Clarke
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Lilli Altenburg -- 14-6 (8-2 at #4)
Kelsey Dowling -- 10-9 (6-4 at #4)
Sarah Wyly -- 8-7 (6-7 at #3)
Valeria Erostegui -- 4-14 (2-6 at #2)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Kelsey Dowling (w/ Erika Hadland) -- 9-4 (9-3 at #2)
Valeria Erostegui (w/ Jerica Simmons) -- 6-7 (2-1 at #3)
Lilli Altenburg/Sarah Wyly -- 5-4 (5-2 at #3) 
  2017 Poll Position: 9th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 4-9/3-7
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Marty Perry
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Jackie Lee -- 5-6 (5-5 at #2)
Katie Staman -- 4-6 (4-5 at #3)
Abby Horgan -- 1-4 (1-1 at #6)
Jacklyn Cheely -- 1-6 (1-3 at #5)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Jackie Lee/Katie Staman -- 3-5 (2-5 at #1)
Jackie Lee (w/ Mia Proctor) -- 1-2 (1-2 at #1)
Katie Staman (w/ Kellen Phillips) -- 1-2 (1-2 at #2) 
     
2017 Poll Position: 8th
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 9-9/1-9
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Jamie Megginson
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 None
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Jenna Sweet -- 13-4 (10-4 at #2)
Samantha Dickerson -- 10-5 (6-4 at #4)
Shelby Lutz -- 3-9 (3-9 at #6)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Jenna Sweet (w/ Dina Velazco) -- 13-4 (13-4 at #1)
Samantha Dickerson (w/ Alex Wieczorek) -- 5-1 (5-1 at #3)
Samantha Dickerson (w/ Emmalyn Snead) -- 3-6 (3-6 at #2) 
  2017 Poll Position: 1st
2016 Records - Overall/ODAC: 19-6/10-0
2016 Tournament - Seed/Result: #1 Seed/ODAC Champion
Head Coach: Erin Ness
Returning All-ODAC Players
  First Team:
 Brooke Donnelly (#1S/#1D-SAOY), Tessa Hill (#2S/#1D-ROY), Mary Hampton McNeal (#3S), Melinda Kauffman (#4S/#3D), DeeDee Aeschliman (#6S/#3D), Michelle Fleenor (#2D), Rachel Hicks (#2D)
  Second Team: None
Returning Singles Wins Leaders (top-5)
Brooke Donnelly -- 23-3 (15-1 at #1)
Tessa Hill -- 20-6 (14-4 at #2)
Michelle Fleenor -- 18-4 (12-2 at #3)
Mary Hampton McNeal -- 17-6 (11-3 at #4)
Melinda Kauffman -- 15-10 (7-7 at #5)
Returning Doubles Wins Leaders (top-3)
Brooke Donnely/Tessa Hill -- 23-7 (18-4 at #1)
Michelle Fleenor/Rachel Hicks -- 12-5 (12-5 at #2)
Emily Kochard/Mary Hampton McNeal -- 10-6 (8-6 at #3)