Wednesday, August 21, 2013
GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's tennis team tied with Grove City with 88 points to finish second in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the league's annual preseason coaches' poll. Westminster garnered three first-place votes.
Westminster's seniors Caitie Hosler (Sr., Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central) and Heather Santa (Sr., Butler, Pa./ Butler) represented the Titans on the Players to Watch list.
Saint Vincent was picked to finish first with 92 points and five first-place votes, narrowly edging Grove City and the Titans. The Wolverines claimed the final two first-place votes.
Waynesburg was picked to finish fourth with 67 points, followed by Geneva in fifth with 58 points. Washington & Jefferson took sixth (56) and Thomas More seventh (36), with Bethany (24), Chatham (23) and Thiel (18) rounding out the preseason poll.
Westminster and Saint Vincent were crowned co-champions at last season's PAC Women's Tennis Championships with each team totaling 49 points. Despite the tie at the top of the championship standings, Saint Vincent earned the PAC's automatic qualifying bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship because of its 6-3 head-to-head match victory over Westminster on October 12.
The Titans open their season on August 31 when they travel to Chatham at 10:00 a.m.
2013 PAC Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll
School (first-place votes)…Points…2012-13 Record (PAC)
1. Saint Vincent College (5)…92…15-5 (9-0)
T-2. Westminster College (3)…88…17-1 (8-1)
T-2. Grove City College (2)…88…8-5 (7-2)
4. Waynesburg University…67…6-8 (4-5)
5. Geneva College….58…8-8 (5-4)
6. Washington & Jefferson College…56…7-4 (6-3)
7. Thomas More College…36…6-7 (3-6)
8. Bethany College…24…3-11 (1-8)
9. Chatham University…23…1-9 (1-8)
10. Thiel College…18…2-15 (1-8)
***The Presidents' Athletic Conference contributed to this release.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.
Senior Caitie Hosler