Bryant picked second in preseason poll

Bryant picked second in preseason poll


SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After waiting a long four years for full Division I eligibility, the Bryant University men's tennis team is ready for an opportunity to compete for a Northeast Conference Tournament berth in 2013 after being selected to finish second in the NEC Preseason Coach's Poll, released Monday.

A single vote separated the Bulldogs, who earned three first-place votes, and the defending NEC Champions and this year's preseason favorite, Fairleigh Dickinson, according to the coaches.

FDU earned five first-place votes en route to their first place selection, followed by Bryant (three first-place votes) in second and Quinnipiac in third (two first-place votes).

Monmouth, Sacred Heart and Mount St. Mary's rounded out the top six, in order, while Saint Francis U. rang in at seventh followed by Robert Morris, St. Francis Brooklyn and Wagner.

The Mercer County Tennis Center in West Windsor, NJ will once again serve as the venue for the 10-team single-elimination championship from April 18-21. The winner will earn the NEC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament field.

The Black and Gold wasted no time jumping into their spring schedule having already done battle with Boston College, Buffalo, Colgate and Binghamton in 2013. After having over a week between matches due to weather restraints, the Bulldogs will be back in action against NEC-favorite Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday and at Boston University on Sunday.

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