High Point, NC – Conference Carolinas Women’s Tennis Coaches have voted Erskine College as the top women’s tennis team coming into the 2014 season. The Flying Fleet narrowly edged out the Falcons in the voting, who are picked to finish second. Erskine finished with 79 points and seven first place votes, compared to Pfeiffer’s 70 points and two first place votes.
Pfeiffer is coming off one of their best seasons in school history. The Falcons ended their 2013 campaign in third place and boasting a 13-6 overall record, finishing 9-2 in conference play. With all three of the team’s all-conference selections returning, the squad will look to avenge their exit in last season’s conference tournament quarterfinals.
The Falcons will rely on reigning conference Freshman of the Year Valeria Mendoza, who finished 2013 with a 13-4 record in singles play, 12-6 in doubles action, and 8-3 in the conference. Mendoza was also named to the All-Conference First Team, one of two selections for the Falcons. Joining Mendoza on the All-Conference First Team was junior Taylor Lindsay, Mendoza’s doubles partner. The pair finished the season with a 12-7 record in doubles play.
Lindsay finished the 2013 season with a 9-9 overall mark and a 7-4 record in conference play. Earning a spot on the All-Conference Third Team was sophomore Hannah Watson who closed the season with an overall record of 11-7 and a conference record consisting of seven wins and four losses.
Pfeiffer also adds talented freshman Olivia Nelms to the mix. Nelms will see much of the action in the top singles spot in her first year of competition.
The Falcons will be directed by first year head coach Justin Fainter who joins Pfeiffer following two successful years as the tennis coach at Roanoke College. While at Roanoke, Fainter received the 2013 ODAC women’s tennis Coach of the Year award.
Limestone finished fourth in the poll with Barton fifth followed by North Greenville, Belmont Abbey, King, Lee-McRae College, and Converse respectively rounding-out the poll standings.
Conference Carolinas Women’s Tennis Pre-Season Poll (# of First Place Votes in Parenthesis)
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