BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference in a preseason voting by the league's 14 head coaches.
Tennessee received 125 points and SEC coaches picked the Volunteers to finish behind Florida (164), Texas A&M (162), South Carolina (136) and Kentucky (129). Florida was the league's preseason favorite with eight first-place votes. Texas A&M tallied the remaining six first-place votes.
UT returns 17 veterans, including 2013 All-SEC selection Allie Sirna and 2012 NSCAA All-American Hannah Wilkinson. Tennessee also welcomes 16 exciting newcomers in 2014 with four transfers and 12 freshmen.
Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, though each coach was not allowed to vote for their own team.
The 22nd season of women's soccer in the SEC season begins Aug. 22.
Tennessee hosts Louisville in an exhibition on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and opens its 2014 season officially on Aug. 22 against Milwaukee in Madison, Wis. UT's first home match is against BYU on Aug. 29 and its SEC opener is against Texas A&M on Sept. 18 in College Station, Texas.