WEST BABYLON, NY – The University of the District of Columbia women's tennis team was picked to finish 4th in the East Coast Conference preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches.
The Firebirds, coming off a 4-8 overall record last season and a 4-3 mark in the ECC, earned 41 points in this year's poll, five points shy of 3rd place LIU Post. Queens College, last year's ECC regular season champion and ECC Championship Tournament runner-up, tops the poll with 61 points and five first-place votes. New York Institute of Technology, the six-time reigning ECC champions, came in at 2nd place in the poll with 57 points and three first-place votes.
UDC will try to make it back to the ECC Championship Tournament for what would be its 7th appearance in eight years after a one-year absence last season. Head coach Dickie Mahaffey, entering his 10th season at UDC, will return four starters from last year's team.
Should UDC qualify for the ECC Championship Tournament, the semifinal and final rounds would be played at Flushing, NY on Oct. 26-27.
The Firebirds will open the 2018 fall schedule on the road vs. ECC foe Molloy College on Friday, Sept. 7.
2018 ECC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
|1. Queens (5)||61||11-5 (7-0 ECC)|
|2. NYIT (3)||57||10-7 (4-3 ECC)|
|3. LIU Post||46||8-4 (6-1 ECC)|
|4. Dist. Columbia||41||4-8 (4-3 ECC)|
|5. St. Thomas Aquinas||32||10-11 (4-3 ECC)|
|6. Roberts Wesleyan||27||10-7 (2-5 ECC)|
|7. Daemen||15||10-14 (1-6 ECC)|
|8. Molloy||9||0-10 (0-7 ECC)|
( ) - first place votes