'Cats Selected Second in MEC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

'Cats Selected Second in MEC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

BRIDGEPORT -- The West Liberty Hilltoppers have been selected to win the 2017 Mountain East Conference men's tennis title.

The Hilltoppers finished atop the poll with 48 points, including six-first place selections. WLU went 17-6 last year and won a share of the league regular season title before claiming its second-straight conference tournament championship. Coach Sam McCullough's team also earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament in 2016.

West Virginia Wesleyan was picked to finish second with 44 points and had the remaining two first-place votes. The Bobcats also earned a share of the regular season title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.

Charleston was selected third (37 points), followed by Fairmont State in fourth (29 points). 

Shepherd and UVa-Wise tied for fifth with 22 points, and Concord and West Virginia State tied for seventh with 11 points.

2017 MEC Preseason Poll
1. West Liberty (6) 48
2. West Virginia Wesleyan (2) 44
3. Charleston 37
4. Fairmont State 29
5. Shepherd 22
  UVa-Wise 22
7. Concord 11
  West Virginia State 11