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SIUE Women’s Tennis Picked to Win OVC

SIUE Women’s Tennis Picked to Win OVC

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – SIUE women's tennis was chosen as the preseason favorite to win the Ohio Valley Conference as voted on by the league's head coaches.

SIUE received four first-place votes, finishing with 84 points. They were followed by Murray State (82), Eastern Kentucky (80), UT Martin (79), Eastern Illinois (69), Morehead State (57), Austin Peay (44), Jacksonville State (40), Belmont (29), Southeast Missouri (28) and Tennessee State (10).

Mia Frogner and Lexi Aranda also were selected by the OVC head coaches to be on the Top Ten Player Rankings list. Frogner was picked No. 2, and Aranda was picked No. 3.

Frogner and Aranda finished 9-1 and 8-2, respectively, in the OVC a season ago. Both were first team All-Conference selections during the 2015 season.

"The OVC Preseason recognition is nice, both for the team and for Mia and Lexi," said SIUE Head Coach Nick Mueller. "As a group we are still working through a process. We had a strong start in the fall semester, and we want to carry that momentum to the spring semester. We still have a lot to accomplish, and we will take it one match at a time."

SIUE women's tennis travels to Chicago State Saturday for a 2 p.m. matchup.

2016 OVC Women's Tennis Predicted Order of Finish
(as voted on by the league's head coaches)

1. SIUE (4 first-place votes), 84
2. Murray State (4 first-place votes), 82
3. Eastern Kentucky (1 first-place vote), 80
4. UT Martin, 79
5. Eastern Illinois (1 first-place vote), 69
6. Morehead State, 57
7. Austin Peay (1 first-place vote),  44
8. Jacksonville State,  40
9. Belmont, 29
10. Southeast Missouri, 28
11. Tennessee State, 10

 2016 OVC Women's Top Ten Player Rankings
(as voted on by the league's head coaches)

1. Hitomi Naito, Jr., Tokyo, Japan - UT Martin
2. Mia Frogner, Jr., Oslo, Norway – SIUE
3. Lexi Aranda, Jr., Longwood, Fla. – SIUE

4. Sarah Candelora, Jr., Dover, Del. - UT Martin
5. Lindia Yanes Garcia, Fr., Los Realejos, Spain - Austin Peay
t6. Kelly Iden, Jr., Fishers, Ind. - Eastern Illinois
t6. Marina Marti, Jr., Madrid, Spain - Eastern Kentucky
8. Rauel Montalvo, So., Cochabamba, Bolivia - Eastern Kentucky
9. Ali Foster, Sr., Plainfield, Ill. - Eastern Illinois
10. Claudia Yanes Garcia, Fr., Los Realejos, Spain - Austin Peay