Vols Picked Second in SEC East Tennis
Sam Winterbotham

Jan. 18, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee Volunteers were picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division in the men's tennis preseason coaches poll, the league office released.

Tennessee, currently ranked 19th nationally, opened the dual match season Thursday with two shutout victories against Tennessee Tech and Alabama-Huntsville. The Vols host Oklahoma State and Belmont on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

Last season, the Vols finished 15-14, reached the second round of the NCAA championships and finished 20th nationally. This year's team benefits from return all six starters including All-SEC performers Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese, plus the addition of three newcomers.

In the East, Georgia was voted as division champion with 65 points. The Vols came in second and were followed by Florida (42 points), Kentucky (37 points), Vanderbilt (27 points) and South Carolina (13 points).

The Ole Miss Rebels were picked as the overall champion. Last season, the Rebels went 15-9, 7-4 in the SEC. They are currently ranked 13th in the ITA rankings. Ole Miss was also voted as Western Division Champion with 74 points.

SEC Men's Tennis Coaches Preseason Poll
Voting Results
Eastern Division (Points)

1. Georgia (65)
2. Tennessee (47)
3. Florida (42)
4. Kentucky (37)
5. Vanderbilt (27)
6. South Carolina (13)

Western Division (Points)
1. Ole Miss (74)
2. Mississippi State (63)
3. Texas A&M (53)
4. Auburn (46)
5. LSU (34)
6. Alabama (22)
7. Arkansas (16)

Overall Regular Season Champion: Ole Miss (5 points); Georgia (3) Mississippi State (2), Vanderbilt (1).





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