BRIDGEPORT — The Charleston Golden Eagles have been selected to win the 2021 Mountain East Conference women's tennis title after a vote by the league's coaches.
Charleston finished atop the poll with 36 points, including six first-place votes.
It marks the first time that Charleston, which won the 2016 MEC Tournament title and shared the regular season title in 2019, has been tabbed as the preseason favorite. In addition to several newcomers to UC's lineup, the Golden Eagles also return Katie Swann, who was a first-team All-MEC selection in 2019.
West Virginia State is picked second with 31 points (one first-place vote). WVSU has won or shared every MEC regular season title since the league started in 2013.
West Liberty was slotted third in the poll with 26 points. Fairmont State was next with 18 points, followed by Davis & Elkins (15), West Virginia Wesleyan (13) and Frostburg State (8).
The top four teams in the regular season advance to the MEC Tournament that will be held May 1-2 in Charleston, W.Va.
2021 MEC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll
1. Charleston — 36 (6)
2. West Virginia State — 31 (1)
3. West Liberty — 26
4. Fairmont State — 18
5. Davis & Elkins — 15
6. West Virginia Wesleyan — 13
7. Frostburg State — 8