Bulldogs tabbed 3rd in NEC preseason poll

Bulldogs tabbed 3rd in NEC preseason poll


SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After a strong showing during the fall season, the Bryant University women's tennis team was selected to finish third in the Northeast Conference Preseason Coach's Poll, announced the league Friday afternoon.

In their first season of Division I postseason eligibility the Bulldogs received three first-place votes, the second most out of the 11 teams. After posting a perfect 4-0 record during NEC play a season ago, the Black and Gold are right on track for another promising season in 2012-13, sporting a 4-1 mark during their fall campaign.

All-NEC competitors junior Stephanie Smyers (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Rosie Bird (Hamilton, New Zealand) highlight an experienced group of returners for Bryant.  Smyers went 9-5 at the #5 flight last season, while Bird was 8-2 versus #6 flight competition. 

Also returning for the Bulldogs are senior Marcela Brandao (Santo Andre, Brazil) and junior Jessica May Vickers (Montrose, Colo.), who posted 14 and 15 wins last season, respectively.

Fairleigh Dickinson earned six first-place votes en route to a first place selection in the poll, followed up by Quinnipiac in second, receiving two first-place votes. Just behind the Bulldogs in fourth was LIU Brooklyn, followed closely by Sacred Heart and Mount St. Mary's in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Saint Francis U. came in at seventh place with Monmouth, Robert Morris, Wagner and St. Francis Brooklyn rounding out the 11-team poll in order.

The Bulldogs will open their spring slate on Saturday, Feb. 16 when they face off with Siena at the Ludlow Tennis Club in Ludlow, Mass.

For all the latest news on the Bryant University women's tennis team, visit BryantBulldogs.com.

2013 Northeast Conference Women's Tennis
Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Fairleigh Dickinson (6)
2. Quinnipiac (2)
3. Bryant (3)
4. LIU Brooklyn
5. Sacred Heart
6. Mount St. Mary's
7. Saint Francis U
8. Monmouth
9. Robert Morris
10. Wagner
11. St. Francis Brooklyn