MILWAUKEE, Wis. --- Defending Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) women's tennis champion Edgewood College has been given the nod to repeat according to the league's annual preseason poll released Tuesday.
The NACC preseason poll is voted on by the NACC's head coaches and athletics communications professionals.
The Eagles (21-8, 10-0 NACC), who also won the NACC Tournament title, posted 192 points behind 16 of a possible 20 first-place votes. Concordia University Wisconsin edged Illinois Institute of Technology by a single point for the No. 2 spot, 173-172. CUW received one first-place vote, while Illinois Tech received the remaining three. Those three stand ahead of the rest of the competition by a comfortable margin.
Marian University edged Milwaukee School of Engineering, 128-126, for fourth place, while Wisconsin Lutheran College rounds out the top six with 106 points.
Lakeland University (77), Alverno College (60), Concordia University Chicago (35) and Dominican University (31) round out the poll.
|2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||Points||2018 Record|
|1.||Edgewood (16)||192||21-8, 10-0 NACC|
|2.||Concordia Wisconsin (1)||173||15-8, 9-1 NACC|
|3.||Illinois Tech (3)||172||17-7, 8-2 NACC|
|4.||Marian||128||9-7, 7-3 NACC|
|5.||MSOE||126||10-13, 6-4 NACC|
|6.||Wisconsin Lutheran||106||10-11, 5-5 NACC|
|7.||Lakeland||77||5-8, 4-6 NACC|
|8.||Alverno||60||2-14, 2-8 NACC|
|9.||Concordia Chicago||35||1-11, 1-9 NACC|
|10.||Dominican||31||0-13, 0-10 NACC|
New Coaches: The NACC welcomes a pair of new women's tennis coaches this season.
Curtis Allen is the new women's coach at Concordia Chicago. He arrives in River Forest after previous coaching stints at Franciscan (Ohio) University and Ave Maria (Fla.) University.
Lakeland alumna Brittany Jurek assumes leadership of the Muskie program after spending last season as an assistant. A three-year member of the LU team as an undergrad (2011-13), she won nearly 50 career matches and was named first team all-NACC as a senior while leading the Muskies to an 11-3 mark and a runner-up finish in the league standings.
2019 Schedule: The 2019 NACC schedule opens this Friday with four schools in action -- Alverno and Concordia Wisconsin both face Carroll University, Lakeland travels to Ripon, and Edgewood faces both UW-Stevens Point and future NACC member St. Norbert in a triangular at Green Bay.
Dominican, Illinois Tech, MSOE and Wisconsin Lutheran follow suit the following day, while Concordia Chicago opens its season Wednesday, Sept. 4, in a NACC lid-lifter at Illinois Tech.
Marian will be the final team to open its season. The Sabres travel to Lawrence for a non-league contest on Thursday, Sept. 5.
The NACC slate begins with three matches on Sept. 4. In addition to the aforementioned CUC-Illinois Tech tilt, MSOE travels to Concordia Wisconsin and Alverno hosts Lakeland. The remainder of the programs open league play Saturday, Sept. 7.
The final conference matches are currently slated for Saturday, Oct. 12.
NACC Tournament: The top six teams in the final regular-season standings will qualify for next spring's NACC Women's Tennis Tournament. A pair of first-round matches will be played Monday, April 27, 2020, at campus sites, while the semifinals and championship match will be held Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
The NACC Tournament champion will receive the league's automatic berth in the 2020 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship.