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Queens tennis teams picked to finish in top 4 of SAC

Queens University of Charlotte’s men’s and women’s tennis teams have been picked to finish in the top four of their respective divisions in the South Atlantic Conference this season.

The Royals’ men’s team came in fourth in the SAC’s preseason coaches poll, while Queens’ women’s team was third in the preseason voting, league officials announced Jan. 26.

Wingate and Tusculum led the voting in both the men’s and women’s polls. Tusculum edged Wingate by four points (127-123) in the men’s voting, with each team receiving six first-place votes. In the women’s poll, Tusculum was picked as the favorite, getting seven first-place votes and 124 points to 114 for Wingate, which received two first-place votes.

Anderson was third in the men’s voting with 103 points, followed by Queens (99), Newberry (85), Lincoln Memorial (85), Coker (78), Mars Hill (62), Catawba (48), Lenoir-Rhyne (45), Carson-Newman (45) and Brevard (24).

The Royals women received one first-place vote and 108 points, edging Newberry, which got two first-place votes and 102 points. Rounding out the preseason coaches poll were Anderson (97), Lincoln Memorial (87), Mars Hill (70), Catawba (62), Carson-Newman (50), Coker (40), Lenoir-Rhyne (37), and Brevard (33).

In addition, eight Queens players – four men and four women – were named to the SAC’s preseason all-conference teams, also voted on by the league’s coaches.

Junior Per-Erik Soler was the lone Royals men’s player named to the first team in singles. Soler and doubles teammate Jules Athalis, a sophomore, were named to the second team in doubles, as were sophomore Will Roberson (Covenant Day) and junior Ole-Jacob Meum.

On the women’s side, Royals sophomore Melissa Laing was named to the SAC preseason first team in women’s singles. She was joined by teammate Carlotta Nassi, a freshman, as a first-team doubles pick, as was the Queens doubles team of Jaclyn Rock and Claire Hamilton, both sophomores. Nassi was also named to the second team in singles.

Royals picked 10th in SAC

Queens’ softball team was picked to finish 10th out of 12 teams in the South Atlantic Conference’s preseason coaches poll, league officials announced Jan. 29.

The Royals, who went 21-25 last season, received 38 total points in the poll, just ahead of Coker (37) and behind Brevard (43).

Queens junior outfielder Taylor Rosenbalm was named to the SAC preseason all-conference first team. Rosenbalm was a All-SAC second team selection at the end of the 2014 season after batting .378 with 42 hits, 29 runs scored, 11 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and two home runs. She also had a .973 fielding percentage.

Wingate, ranked 25th in the nation among NCAA Division II teams, was named the preseason favorite to win the league title. The Bulldogs received seven first-place votes and 122 total points, just beating out Anderson (three first-place votes, 120 total points) and Lenoir-Rhyne (one first-place vote, 119 total points).

Tusculum, which received the final first-place vote, and Carson-Newman tied with 89 total points. Rounding out the coaches poll were Catawba (86), Lincoln Memorial (82), Mars Hill (64), Brevard, Queens, Coker and Newberry (35).

Royals women 17th in D-II lacrosse poll

Queens’ women’s lacrosse team was ranked among the nation’s top 20 NCAA Division II teams in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s preseason poll.

The Royals, who were picked to win the South Atlantic Conference title this season after sweeping the regular-season and tournament titles in 2014, were ranked 17th in the IWLCA D-II poll, released Feb. 2.

Adelphi, the defending NCAA champion, was No. 1 in the D-II preseason poll with 280 first-place votes and 297 points. NCAA tourney finalist Lock Haven was second with 20 first-place votes and 281 total points, followed by Lindenwood (256), LIU-Post (243) and Limestone (237).