BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’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 Angelie Juaneza and Hannah Warren were also both named to the ASC Preseason Players to Watch list.
The Cru totaled 34 points in balloting of ASC West Division head coaches and sports information directors to finish as the pick at #3. U.T.-Dallas was picked to win the West with seven first-place votes and 45 total points. Hardin-Simmons is picked second with the other three first-place votes and 38 total points. Howard Payne comes in at #4 with 20 total points and Sul Ross State is picked fifth with 13 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.
Juaneza and Warren represent UMHB on the Preseason Players to Watch list. Juaneza is a senior from Katy Morton Ranch High School. Warren is a junior from The Woodlands High School.
The UMHB women return six letter winners from a team that finished 11-5 overall last season. The Cru advanced to the Semifinals of the ASC Championship Tournament last year. The UMHB women will open the 2015 spring schedule with non-conference home matches against Trinity University and 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 year.