Melbourne, Fla. – Lynn University's men tennis team was picked No. 2 in the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Coaches Poll, as voted on by the league's coaches and announced by the conference office on Thursday. The Fighting Knights return five of the six starters from last year's squad that went 20-6 and 5-2 in conference play.
Last season, Lynn finished third in the SSC regular season standings behind Barry and Saint Leo, but upset Saint Leo in the postseason tournament semifinals before falling to Barry in the title match. Lynn met up with Saint Leo again in the NCAA Regionals, besting the Lions once more before falling to eventual national champions, West Florida.
Coaches gave Barry a 10-vote edge over Lynn for first place in this year's poll. The Fighting Knights received 54 votes and the final first-place vote. Saint Leo University, last year's regular-season runner-up, ranks third after receiving 52 total votes. Rounding out the Top-5 are Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 41 votes and Rollins College with 39 votes.
Barry, Lynn, and Rollins account for all eight of the SSC's men's tennis national championships. The Buccaneers have won the most recent titles (2010, 2013, & 2015), while the Fighting Knights won in 2007. The remaining four championships belong to the Tars, who last won the title in 2001.
Nationally, the Fighting Knights open up the season ranked sixth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Lynn will host the 2018 Sunshine State Conference men's and women's tennis championships April 19th - 21st. Winners of each tournament will receive automatic qualification to the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships. First and second rounds for the 2018 NCAA Championships will be played at non-predetermined sites April 28th - May 1st. Men's finals will take place May 9th - 12th, while the women's finals are slated for May 8th - 11th. The finals for both men and women will be held at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
Lynn kicks off the 2018 campaign at home vs. Saint Thomas on Thursday, Feb. 1.
2018 SSC MEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON COACHES POLL
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