Friday, 25 January 2019 05:08

Lenoir-Rhyne Tennis Teams Both Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll

Hamed Gandouz (left) was picked second team all-conference in singles, but first team all-conference in doubles with partner Shane O'Dea (right) Hamed Gandouz (left) was picked second team all-conference in singles, but first team all-conference in doubles with partner Shane O'Dea (right) Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

The South Atlantic Conference released its 2019 Men's and Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll as well as the Preseason All-Conference Teams. The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Tennis Teams were both picked to finish seventh and the Bears placed three on the preseason all-conference doubles team and one on the singles team.

Hamed Gandouz was named Second Team All-Conference singles after playing in 14 matches at the number one position last year. Gandouz, a senior from Tunisia, also formed one half of a First Team All-SAC doubles duo with Shane O'Dea. That combination went 7-2 in first doubles a season ago, including a 5-1 mark in conference action.

On the women's side, a pair of doubles combos were named Second Team All-Conference. Emily Murchland and Sanne Janssen were named to the Second Team doubles along with the team of Lucy Whelan and Marta Escanero.

The Bears open the spring portion of their 2018-19 schedule on Feb. 1 when they travel to Young Harris.

2019 SAC Preseason Men's Tennis Poll
Rank Nomination Points (1st Place Votes)
1 Queens 106 (6)
2 Wingate 105 (5)
3 Anderson 83
4 Lincoln Memorial 78
5 Tusculum 74
6 Newberry 66
7 Lenoir-Rhyne 62
8 Catawba 50
9 Coker 39
10 Carson-Newman 32
11 Mars Hill 20
2019 SAC Preseason Women's Tennis Poll
Rank Nomination Points (1st Place Votes)
1 Wingate 106 (6)
2 Queens 100 (3)
3 Tusculum 97 (2)
4 Newberry 74
5 Anderson 70
6 Lincoln Memorial 68
7 Lenoir-Rhyne 55
8 Catawba 50
9 Carson-Newman 43
10 Coker 30
11 Mars Hill 22
2019 SAC Men's Tennis Preseason All-Conference
First Team Doubles
Hamed Gandouz/Shane O'Dea, Lenoir-Rhyne
Julian Bosch / Joel Dunlap, Queens
Agustin Aran Martin / Sebastian Meum, Queens

Second Team Doubles
Hufelder Duarte/Tomas Depiaggio, Anderson
Jesus Bacete-Sanz /Gabriel Dabdab, Carson-Newman
Jose Navarro / Sean Nguyen, Newberry

First Team Singles
Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Ignacio Bidegain, Anderson
Agustin Aran Martin, Queens
Julian Bosch, Queens
Josep Canyadell, Wingate

Second Team Singles
David Segarra, Lincoln Memorial
Gabriel Yaguar, Tusculum
Luca Picci, Catawba
Jose Navarro, Newberry
Matt Jones, Wingate
Hamed Gandouz, Lenoir-Rhyne

2019 SAC Women's Tennis Preseason All-Conference
First Team Doubles
Annie McCullough/Caitlin McCullough, Tusculum
Yana Fleyer / Sasha Davidzenka, Queens
Amber Lackey / Africa Mota, Tusculum

Second Team Doubles
Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen, Lenoir-Rhyne
Laura Dean /Mirna Curcic, Anderson
Lucy Whelan/Marta Escanero Funes, Lenoir-Rhyne

First Team Singles
Michela Verpelli, Wingate
Claudia De Andreis, Wingate
Yana Fleyer, Queens
Annie McCullough, Tusculum
Sasha Davidzenka, Queens
Caitlin McCullough, Tusculum

Second Team Singles
Laura Dean, Anderson
Elisa Aguirre, Newberry
Chyi Lee, Wingate
Sydney Homan, Wingate
Erisa Onchi, Catawba
Isabel Fornies, Queens
Marta Pinol, Lincoln Memorial

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