NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Philadelphia University women's tennis team was tabbed fourth in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) preseason coaches poll that was unveiled on Thursday by the conference office.
Under first-year head coach Zach Elbin, the Rams went 8-5 overall, 3-4 against the CACC, in the 2015-16 season.
Philadelphia brings back four players from last year's team, including its top two players in terms of victories. Jala Hamada (Giza, Egypt/Dar El-Tarbia, IGCSE) led the way with 10 singles victories, five coming from the No. 2 position. Mariana Sampaio (Brusque, Brazil/Colegio Consul Carlos Renaux) finished last season with nine victories, five at No. 5 and three at No. 6.
The Rams also return Usha Baublitz (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock), who went 7-4 as a freshman, and Tabitha Porter (Sumner, Maine/Lisbon), who recorded four victories.
In the poll, Philadelphia picked up 40 points to take the fourth spot.
Chestnut Hill topped the poll with 61 points and six of the eight first-place votes. Goldey-Beacom was close behind the Griffins with 53 points and the final two first-place votes. Post scored 46 points to take third.
USciences (28 points), Holy Family (26), Caldwell (21), and first-year program Wilmington (13) round out the poll in positions five through eight, respectively.
Philadelphia opens the 2016 season with a non-conference match at Holy Family on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m.
|2016 CACC Women's Tennis
Preseason Coaches Poll
|1. Chestnut Hill||6||61|
|4. Philadelphia U.||40|
|6. Holy Family||26|