Feb. 9, 2011
Edison, N.J. -
In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches polls announced today, the Loyola University Maryland men's and women's tennis teams were picked fifth and third, respectively, by the league's respective head coaches.
MAAC tennis coaches picked Loyola women to finish third with 35 points. Fairfield, winners of two straight MAAC Championships, was selected to win the title with 49 points and Marist was second with 41. Following Loyola was Siena (26), Manhattan (20), Saint Peter's (18) and Rider (7).
On the men's side, Marist, who have won three consecutive MAAC titles, were picked to win the championships with 48 points. The Stags were picked second with 43 points. Following Fairfield was Saint Peter's (31), Niagara (29), Loyola (22), Siena (16) and Rider (7).
"Our team's approach each MAAC season with high expectations and hopes of playing our best tennis at the most important times of each match," said Head Coach Rick McClure. "Our goals for the season are set and we will work hard to achieve them. We are looking forward to our upcoming challenges."
Last season, the women finished third in the regular season and lost in the semifinals to the Red Foxes at the MAAC Championships. The men were fourth in the regular season and lost in the semifinals to Marist.
Rick McClure, head coach for both the Loyola men's and women's tennis teams, was named MAAC Women's Coach of the Year last season. On the women's team, junior Rachel Janasek was named Player of the Year.
The Greyhounds return 13 men and 11 women to their program this year. Loyola's first meet of the season will be Saturday, February 26, at Morgan State in Pikesville, Md., at the Hilton Baltimore Fitness & Tennis Center at 7:30 p.m.
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