Lees-McRae is preseason favorite
Bobcats favored again after going undefeated in league in 2010
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Two-time defending champion Lees-McRae was selected as the 2011 preseason favorite by the Conference Carolinas men's tennis head coaches.
The Bobcats finished the last season with a 16-6 overall record and a perfect 9-0 mark in Conference Carolinas play, earning the program’s second consecutive regular-season league title. The Bobcats then won the conference tournament, punching the school’s second consecutive NCAA Tournament ticket. The No. 24 Bobcats defeated Anderson in the first round of NCAA Southeast Region play before falling to Armstrong Atlantic State. Nandor Solymosi returns for his senior campaign after earning all-conference first team honors last season.
“It’s going to be tough to meet the preseason expectations after losing four of the top six players from last year’s conference championship team,” said Bobcat head coach Keith Turner. “I have some talented players on this year’s team that I feel are ready to step into the lineup and take on the challenge of trying to repeat. It will be very important for seniors Nandor Solymosi and Travis Van Hoy to lead by example, and hopefully their experience carries over to the rest of the team.”
Queens (N.C.) was chosen second in the preseason poll after finishing the 2010 season with a 10-6 overall record and a 4-5 conference mark to earn the No. 6 seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament. Individually, first-team all-conference member No. 55 Christiaan Lee-Daigle and reigning conference freshman of the year Joshua Bloch will be counted on to lead the Royals in the top flights. Looking to display their depth, the Royals will also rely on incoming graduate student David Hannon to provide a spark in the mid-flight matches. In doubles action, the Royals will be anchored by the duo of Lee-Daigle and Raahil Dhruva who finished 9-2 in 2010.
Following a 12-11 overall record and a 6-3 league mark last season, Limestone was picked to finish third. New head coach Rodney McAlister has a number of prominent starters returning for this year, including senior Miguel Lopez Zuniga and junior Mike Stephenson. Zuniga posted an overall mark of 14-6 in singles competition at the No. 1 spot and went 6-2 in Conference Carolinas action while notching a 13-9 doubles mark. Stephenson went 13-7 in singles play, posting a 11-4 mark at No. 2 and was 2-3 at the top position while notching a 6-1 record against Conference Carolinas opponents. In doubles action he was 14-9 with a 12-6 mark at No. 3 and went 6-2 in conference competition.