RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College Men's Tennis was picked to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference during the 2018 season, according to preseason voting among the conference's head coaches released on Thursday.
Earlham received 74 points and was the first-place selection on three of the eight ballots. The Quakers were only two points behind preseason favorite Rose-Hulman, who came away with 76 points and five first-place votes.
Hanover College was third with 66 points while Franklin College garnered 55 first-place votes.
Manchester College (45 points), Defiance College (40 points), Mount St. Joseph University (30 points), and Transylvania University (30 points) rounded out the poll.
"I'm excited for the upcoming season. We have a great group of returners and added some talent from last years team, but we are excited to get out there on the courts and prove our self!"
Earlham reached the championship match of the 2017 HCAC Tournament, where the Quakers dropped a 5-2 decision to Rose-Hulman. The Quakers posted an 18-7 record during their 2016-17 campaign, with a 7-1 record in HCAC play.
Headlining the returnees on the 2018 squad are senior and three-time HCAC Most Valuable Player Vitalii Stadnyk, First Team All-HCAC honorees Vojislav Tatarevic and Aleksandr Sergeev, and Honorable Mention All-HCAC selection Nicola Manni.
Earlham Men's Tennis opens its Spring 2018 slate on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the Quakers travel to Holland, Mich., to face Hope College and Davenport University.
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