Carmel, Ind. – The Transylvania women's tennis team has been picked to finish in second place in this year's Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings according to Friday's release of the annual preseason coaches' poll.
Behind a powerful corps of freshmen, the Pioneers produced a 5-3 record in conference play on the way to advancing to their first HCAC Championship match in seven seasons. According to this year's poll, voted on by the conference's 10 coaches, the Pioneers are projected to produce a similar result.
Hanover College, the reigning HCAC champions, topped the poll with 80 total voting points and nine of 10 first-place votes. The Pioneers received 67 voting points to slot in at second on this year's poll. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology received the other first-place vote to tally 58 voting points for third on the poll. Anderson University and Franklin College took fourth and fifth place respectively on the poll.
The Pioneers return the reigning freshman of the year, sophomore Porsche Robinson to their lineup along with sophomore Jessica Burton. The duo led the Pioneers to the runner-up finish in conference play last season as the #1 and #2 singles players on the squad; both were named to the All-HCAC team at season's end.
The Pioneers are led by Bill Carey, who is in his first season at the helm.
Transylvania begins its season on Saturday, September 7 at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational in Delaware, Ohio.
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