Pollsters Select CUW as NACC Preseason Women's Tennis Favorite

Concordia University Wisconsin has been labeled the favorite to capture a fourth-straight NACC title.
Concordia University Wisconsin has been labeled the favorite to capture a fourth-straight NACC title.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. --- Concordia University Wisconsin has been picked to win the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference women's tennis championship according to the preseason poll, voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

The Falcons captured their third consecutive NACC title last year with a perfect 9-0 record in conference play, topped the 20-win plateau overall (20-6), and earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship after winning the NACC Tournament for the third straight season.

CUW received 14 of 22 first-place votes and 231 points in the preseason poll.

Edgewood College was second with 218 points and four first-place votes, while the Illinois Institute of Technology took third with 186 points and the final four No. 1 votes.

Milwaukee School of Engineering was fourth with 171 points, Marian University fifth with 153 points and Wisconsin Lutheran College sixth with 140.

Alverno College (97), Aurora University (92), Lakeland University (89), Dominican University (45) and Concordia University Chicago (30) rounded out the final five spots in the poll.

The NACC's regular season standings determine the teams that qualify for the six-team conference tournament, while the tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA III Championship Tournament.

2018 NACC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll

  1. Concordia Wisconsin (14)    231
  2. Edgewood (4) 218
  3.  Illinois Tech (4) 186
  4. MSOE 171
  5. Marian 153
  6. Wisconsin Lutheran 140
  7.  Alverno 97
  8. Aurora 92
  9. Lakeland 89
10. Dominican 45
11. Concordia Chicago 30

First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used