Monday, August 25, 2014
GREENVILLE, Pa. - Westminster College and Grove City College both secured 75 total points to tie for the top spot on the annual Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the league's nine head coaches. The PAC announced its preseason coaches' poll results and Players to Watch list Monday.
Westminster, winner of the 2013 league championship after earning a share of the team title with Saint Vincent College in 2012, collected five first-place votes. Grove City claimed the remaining four first-place votes.
Saint Vincent finished third in preseason coaches' poll voting with 63 points, followed by Waynesburg University in fourth with 48 points. Geneva College was fifth with 45 points, Washington & Jefferson College sixth with 36 points, and Thomas More College seventh with 34 points. Rounding out the poll was Thiel College in eighth (18) and Bethany College ninth (11).
Westminster made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship last spring as one of 39 conference champions in the 50-team field after securing the PAC's automatic qualification (AQ) The Titans finished their 2013-14 season with an 18-2 overall record and perfect 9-0 mark in PAC play.
The Titans, under first-year head coach Jayme Thiem, return a pair of 2013 PAC singles champions in sophomores Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, Pa. / Hollidaysburg) and Sydney Sterner (Imperial, Pa. / West Allegheny). Turiano claimed the second singles flight title with Sterner winning the third singles flight championship.
Turiano teamed with 2013 PAC MVP Caitie Hosler (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Central) to finish second in the first doubles flight, while Sterner and sophomore Maria Pallone (New Kensington, Pa. / Valley) captured the third doubles flight title.
***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 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 379 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.