Forrest, VA- The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released their 2018 Women's Tennis Preseason Poll on Thursday morning. As voted on by the league's coaches, Hollins was tabbed 10th in the 12 team conference.
Last season, Hollins was picked to to finish 11th and proved the coaches wrong by picking up four ODAC wins en route to an eighth place finish and a berth in the 2017 ODAC Women's Tennis Championship Tournament.
Nine players return to go with a pair of newcomers to boast a lineup with plenty of depth and experience as the Green and Gold looks to make back-to-back ODAC Tournaments for the first time since the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Seniors Jhovanna Salmeron and Amelia Verkerk return after playing #1 and #3 singles one season ago. Salemeron will be looking for a new doubles partner while Verkerk's partner, #2 doubles, Sarah Jordan Snoddy returns for her sophomore campaign. In addition to Snoddy, a big group of second year players return after serving in a variety of rolls last year. Olivia Dannon played the majority of her matches at #2 singles while Casey Mahan was a part of a #3 doubles team that posted four straight victories down the stretch. Kateri Johnson teamed with Mahan in doubles play while posting an impressive 8-9 first-year mark competing at #4 and #5 singles. Liz Rochow and Kate Woodruff split time at #6 singles while filling it occasionally at #3 doubles. First-year Valerie Sargeant enjoyed a fruitful fall season by winning the consolation draw in her singles bracket at Methodist while teaming with Johnson to finish third in their doubles draw. Juliette Baek comes on board to give Hollins six sophomores on their roster.
Hollins will look to get the season off to a good start with a trip to face Lynchburg College on February 28th. After another trio of matches, the team will embark on a four match road swing that begins at Guilford before wrapping up in Hilton Head. The bulk of the work will come in April as Hollins will kick off the month with eight matches in 17 days before ending the regular season at home against Shenandoah.