Jan. 23, 2009
The No. 27 Auburn women’s tennis team was predicted to finish second in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division in 2009 in a preseason vote by league coaches, the conference office announced Thursday.
“I’m happy that we’ve been selected second in the Western Division by the coaches in the SEC, but our goals have been set very high and we want to compete for an SEC Championship,” head women’s tennis coach Tim Gray said. “This is, however, nice for the players, but I feel that we are striving for greater heights.”
Arkansas was tabbed to repeat as the Western Division champion. LSU came in third with Ole Miss in the fourth spot. Alabama and Mississippi State rounded out the list at fifth and sixth, respectively.
Georgia was voted as both the conference and Eastern Division champion, with Florida being voted second. Vanderbilt was voted third, with Tennessee in fourth, South Carolina in fifth and Kentucky in sixth.
The preseason poll is voted on by the SEC Women's Tennis Coaches and is based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 count. The complete tally for the poll is below.
2009 Women's Tennis Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Georgia, 72
2. Florida, 59
3. Vanderbilt, 42
4. Tennessee, 30
5. South Carolina, 26
6. Kentucky, 23
1. Arkansas, 72
2. Auburn, 54
3. LSU, 50
4. Ole Miss, 35
5. Alabama, 28
6. Mississippi State, 13
Overall Regular Season Champion: Georgia (11 votes); Arkansas (1)