Lions Picked 7th in Preseason Poll, Face #5 UCLA Wednesday
The West Coast Conference released the coaches' preseason poll for women's tennis today, voting LMU to finish 7th.
Jan. 28, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference released the coaches' preseason poll for women's tennis today, voting LMU to finish 7th.
Picked to finish first are the Gaels of Saint Mary's who are currently ranked No. 37 in the ITA polls. Gonzaga, Portland, and Pacific are the three teams expected to finish below the Lions and round out the 10-team conference.
Conference play for the Lions will not begin until March 19, meaning the team is focused on its nonconference schedule, which continues Wednesday at UCLA in the first road match of the spring.
The Lions opened up the season last Saturday when they swept Concordia University 7-0 at home. After winning all singles and doubles matches convincingly, the Lions are expected to face much stiffer competition against the fifth-ranked Bruins this week.
The midweek crosstown matchup between the two schools is returning after a year off. Before last season, LMU and UCLA met for six straight years with the Bruins winning every match. In addition to the #5 ranking in the latest ITA poll, UCLA also boasts the top-ranked player in the nation in junior Robin Anderson. The Bruins reached the NCAA semifinals last year, eventually falling to #3 Texas A&M, 4-3. Always a powerhouse, UCLA has finished in the top-five nationally in six of the last seven years, including winning a national championship in 2008.
LMU will return home next weekend with matches Saturday and Sunday at the LMU Tennis Center.