WAUKESHA, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin's men's tennis team was chosen to finish in first place in the Northern Athletics Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, the league office announced Tuesday night.
The selection to win the title is the sixth time in the seven year history of the league. CUW has dominated the NAC over the past six years, winning five regular season and five conference tournament championships.
Last season the Falcons finished 14-11 overall and 9-0 in conference play, while also cruising in the NAC Tournament with a 5-0 victory over Aurora University and a 5-1 win against MSOE in the title match to advance to the NCAA Tournament. It was the third NCAA appearance in the last four years for head coach Tom Weber's program.
CUW has won 18-straight conference matches with perfect 9-0 records each of the past two seasons.
Edgewood College was chosen second with five first-place votes and 87 points, while last season's NAC Tournament runner-up MSOE (9-10, 8-1) was tabbed third with 77 points. AU(7-9, 6-3) was fourth with 75 points and Dominican University (6-7, 5-4) rounded out the top half of the poll with 57 points.
Wisconsin Lutheran College (2-8, 2-7), Concordia University Chicago (4-9, 4-5), Marian University (3-7, 3-6), Rockford College (1-9, 1-8) and Lakeland College (0-9, 0-9) filled out the bottom half of the 10-team poll.
The league's six-team tournament will begin on April 30, on the third and fourth-seeded sites, while the final two rounds will take place Saturday, May 4, at Kohler Sports Core in Sheboygan, Wis. The tournament champion receives the NAC's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA III Championship Tournament.
2013 Northern Athletics Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Concordia University Wisconsin (5), 92
2. Edgewood College (5), 87
3. MSOE, 77
4. Aurora University, 75
5. Dominican University, 57
6. Wisconsin Lutheran College, 46
7. Concordia University Chicago, 42
8. Marian University, 33
9. Rockford College, 21
10. Lakeland College, 20
first-place votes in parentheses
voted by the conference's head coaches
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used