NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) released the last of its spring Preseason Coaches Polls on Wednesday, with the University of the Sciences men's tennis team being chosen fifth in the 2018 CACC Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll.
Concordia was the near-unanimous preseason favorite, receiving 24 of a possible 25 total points with four of the five first-place votes.
Chestnut Hill came in second with 19 points, while Post earned the other top vote en route to 14 points.
Jefferson rounded out the poll in fourth, two points ahead of USciences.
The University of the Sciences men's tennis team has qualified for back-to-back CACC Tournaments, winning three conference matches in each of the last two seasons. Last year the Devils were the No. 3 seed in the Tournament, falling to No. 2 Post 5-3 in the semifinals.
All eight student-athletes on USciences' 2017-18 roster were on last year's Tournament team, including 2017 CACC All-Tournament Team selection Borna Novak and 2017-18 All-CACC Second Teamer Nathan Nguyen.
Novak and Nguyen advanced to the Round of 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regionals in September as part of a fall in which the pair went 5-1 and helped lead the Devils to a 1-2 dual record.
University of the Sciences opens its spring season with five matches in six days as part of its spring break trip in Orlando, Fla., which begins on Sunday, March 4 against Saint Anselm.
USciences' home-opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 against NYIT, the day before the Devils welcome Concordia to the McNeil Family Courts for their CACC-opener on Sunday, March 18.
2018 CACC MEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Concordia College 24 (4 first-place votes)
2. Chestnut Hill College 19
3. Post University 14 (1)
4. Jefferson 10
5. University of the Sciences 8