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Little East announces preseason women’s tennis poll

Panthers picked to finish third in 2012

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Little East Conference preseason women's tennis coaches' poll has been announced and Plymouth State University is picked to finish third among the nine schools in this year's race.  The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches.

            Defending regular season champion Bridgewater State University received seven of the nine top votes and finished first in this year's poll.  The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth edged out Plymouth State for second place in the voting, while Salem State University, which upset BSU in the 2011 LEC Tournament championship match, ended up fourth despite receiving the other two first-place votes.

            The University of Southern Maine finished in the fifth spot, with the rest of the poll including the University of Massachusetts Boston, Rhode Island College, Western Connecticut State University and Worcester State University.

            Plymouth State is coming off a season that ended with a 10-5 record, matching the program standard for wins in a season.  The Panthers finished in a three-way tie for third place in the LEC with Southern Maine and UMass Dartmouth, all with 5-3 records.  PSU knocked off UMass Boston in the first round of the LEC playoffs but was defeated in the semifinals by Salem State.

            The LEC women's tennis regular season schedule includes one match against the other eight schools.  The conference tournament is the third week in October, with the LEC champion receiving an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament.

            The complete Little East Conference women's tennis preseason poll is listed below: 

2012 LEC Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll

1 Bridgewater State (7) 79
2 UMass Dartmouth 63
3 Plymouth State 58
4 Salem State (2) 54
5 Southern Maine 49
6 UMass Boston 37
7 Rhode Island College 25
8 Western Connecticut  22
9 Worcester State 18

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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