HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Coker College women's tennis team has been voted seventh in the Conference Carolinas preseason poll, the league office announced today.
The Cobras finished 7-4 in conference play in 2012. They fell to Limestone College in the quarterfinals of the postseason tournament.
Senior Brittanny Yando and junior Faith Baxley return to lead the Cobras in 2013. They are joined on the roster by four incoming freshmen: Jessi Campos and Casey Altman – two South Carolina natives – along with Ecuadorian Daniela Chipe and Anna Musiyenko, who is from Ukraine.
Defending conference champion Erskine College was named the top team for the seventh consecutive season. The Flying Fleet earned 119 points and 10 first-place votes. Queens University of Charlotte was second with 111 points and one first-place vote.
The entire preseason poll is as follows: 1. Erskine College; 2. Queens University of Charlotte; 3. Mount Olive College; 4. Limestone College; 5. Pfeiffer University; 6. Barton College; 7. Coker College; 8. Belmont Abbey College; 9. North Greenville University; 10. Converse College; 11. King College; 12. Lees-McRae College.
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletic conference made up of 12 teams from North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions are Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Coker College, Converse College, Erskine College, King College, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, Mount Olive College, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University and Queens University of Charlotte.
Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.