MLC Women Picked Fourth in UMAC Preseason Poll
ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College women's tennis team was picked to finish fourth in the conference preseason poll released this week.
MLC finished with 11 points in the poll, one ahead of fifth-place Bethany Lutheran and five behind third place Minnesota-Morris. St. Scholastica and Northwestern tied for first in the poll with 23 total points and three first place votes apiece.
The Knights will look for improvement from last season's 2-12 season, with five of the team's six top singles performers returning from last season.
Jackie Keller returns in the top singles spot after playing there all 14 matches last season as a sophomore, while Carissa Kock and Holly Marquardt each return in the numbers two and three positions. Melissa Stibb and Charis Goelzer combined to play in 22 singles matches a season ago, and figure to find a spot in the second half of the line-up again this season.
Newcomer Elizabeth Broring figures to get a chance early at a spot in singles competition, while Mateja Epple returns as depth in both singles and doubles.