LOUDONVILLE, NY - The Siena women’s tennis program was picked to finish second for the second straight year and the men were picked to finish fifth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll released by the league offices. Head Coach Jeff Osborn is in his third year at the helm of both programs.
Quinnipiac was picked as the numinous women’s favorite after claiming their fourth straight MAAC Championship last year. The 10-player squad for the Bobcats has no seniors after graduating four last season. Siena was picked second with 56 votes followed by Marist (43) to round out the top-three. Fairfield (40), Niagara (37), Monmouth (23), Rider (16) and Saint Peter’s (9) rounded out the poll for the women.
The women took their third straight trip to the MAAC Championship and fell in the title game 4-2 to Quinnipiac. Siena returns a lineup that earned All-MAAC Second Team singles in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth position and All-MAAC Second Team doubles in Ivana Boberic and Natalie Weaver and Anessa Leyva and Juliana Goehner. The women enter the spring season undefeated at 2-0 and 1-0 in league play.
Monmouth was picked to finish first on the men’s side after winning back-to-back MAAC Championships. Marist received two first place votes with 57 points to be selected second after making their way to the MAAC Championship match last season. Quinnipiac (50) and Fairfield (38) were picked ahead of Siena. The Saints were picked fifth (28) while they beat out Niagara (24), Saint Peter’s (20) and Rider (10).
The men hope to make their first trip to the tournament since the 2009-10 season. The men finished last season with a 5-14 overall and 3-4 league record. The five wins were the most since the 2012-13 season and entering into the spring season the men have already accumulated three wins. The men finished in fifth last season which was just outside of making the trip to the MAAC Tournament.
The women start up at UConn on Saturday, January 27. The men are set to begin their spring season on January 28 at Boston University. First serve is set for 3 p.m.