BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s tennis team has been picked to finish third in the West Division of the American Southwest Conference in the league’s second annual Preseason Coaches’ Poll. UMHB’s Jake Stamps and Scott Wilding were also both named to the ASC Preseason Players to Watch list.
The Cru totaled 33 points in balloting of ASC West Division head coaches and sports information directors to come in third place. U.T.-Dallas edged out Hardin-Simmons as the pick to win the West Division. The Comets took five first-place votes and 43 total points while the Cowboys grabbed the other five first-place votes and 42 total points. Howard Payne is picked fourth with 20 total points and Sul Ross State is picked fifth with 12 total points. McMurry University is also in the ASC West Division but is not eligible for the conference tournament and is not a part of the preseason poll this spring. Defending conference champion U.T.-Tyler was a unanimous pick to win the East Division with ten first-place votes and 50 total points.
Stamps and Wilding represent UMHB on the Preseason Players to Watch list. Stamps is a senior from LaPorte High School. Wilding is a sophomore from A&M Consolidated High School. Both players earned ASC All-Conference honors last spring.
The UMHB men return six letter winners from a team that finished 6-7 overall and advanced to the ASC Championship Tournament before falling in the opening round. The UMHB men will open the 2015 spring schedule with a non-conference home match against LeTourneau University on February 14th. The ASC will return to a two division format this spring after playing as a single, 11-team conference last season.