Winthrop University has been chosen to finish first, receiving nine first-place votes and 120 out of a possible 128 points. The Eagles, who have won three consecutive Big South Conference championships, finished ahead of Radford with 113 points, Charleston Southern with 93 points and Coastal with 77 points. High Point, Birmingham-Southern, UNC Asheville and Liberty rounded out the bottom half of the poll. The Big South Conference Mens Tennis Championship is slated for April 19-21 on the campus of Radford University.
Head Coach Chris Powers recently named seniors Andy Caress (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) and Elliott Quibell (Derby, England/Cheam (Colorado)) captains for the upcoming spring season. The Chanticleers will return six letter-winners from the 2006 team that finished 15-8 (4-3 Big South).
"We continued to build the program in the right direction during the fall season," Powers commented. "Our overall win-loss record was very solid at 65-47, and Im happy with the maturation process of the guys. Every player in the program can be successful in the starting lineup, and it will be interesting to see how the lineup materializes for the spring schedule. Right now, we are an established team who still needs to find its way if a Big South Championship is in the cards."Simon Taylor (Hampshire, England/Queen Mary's College) became the first Coastal player under Head Coach Chris Powers to win his first match in the Regional Main Draw Singles. Taylor defeated Norfolk State's Miroslav Vlcek early Thursday. Taylor then fell to the 17-seed William Noblitt from NC State on Friday in the second round of the Main Draw Singles.
The Chanticleers open up their season on February 3 as they participate in the Community Day on the Clay at the Riverfront Tennis Center in Conway, S.C. as they take on Mount Olive and Methodist.