Men's tennis tabbed sixth by ODAC coaches

Colton Mullins hits a tennis ball

Forest, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's tennis team enters the 2019 season picked tied for sixth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the league office announced Thursday with its annual preseason coaches' poll.

Lynchburg tallied 66 points in the 12-team survey, even with Randolph-Macon, well behind fifth-picked Bridgewater (88 points) and comfortably ahead of eighth-place Roanoke.

Defending conference champ Washington and Lee was the overwhelming favorite, totaling the maximum possible 121 points and 11 first-place votes. Guilford garnered the remaining top nod, coming in second at 107 points.

RELATED: 2019 ODAC men's tennis preseason poll

Lynchburg enters 2019 off a successful first season under head coach Chris Johnson, posting a 9-10 record (5-5 in the conference) and reaching the ODAC tournament quarterfinals. The win total was Lynchburg's highest since 2003, and the Hornets won four of the season's final five matches.

This year's squad looks to build on that success, but the team returns just one All-ODAC performer, senior Colton Mullins (Appomattox, Va.), who earned a second-team nod at No. 3 doubles last season.

The men's tennis season begins Friday, Feb. 22 with a conference match against Ferrum at 2 p.m.

RELATED: 2019 Lynchburg men's tennis schedule

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2019 ODAC MEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL

1. Washington and Lee University (11)

121 pts.

2. Guilford College (1)

107 pts.

3. Hampden-Sydney College

101 pts.

4. Virginia Wesleyan University

90 pts.

5. Bridgewater College

83 pts.

6. University of Lynchburg

66 pts.

6. Randolph-Macon College

66 pts.

8. Roanoke College

48 pts.

9. Shenandoah University

42 pts.

10. Randolph College

28 pts.

11. Ferrum College

21 pts.

12. Emory & Henry College

19 pts.

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Sun May 12
Final
7 No. 17 Lynchburg
4 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sun May 12
Final
2 No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Fri May 17
Final
2 No. 18 Emory
7 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 1
Sat May 18
Final
9 No. 18 Emory
5 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 2
Sat May 18
Final
10 No. 18 Emory
8 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 3
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Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational
Sun Sep 08
3:30 PM
Regent
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Sat Aug 31
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
vs. Johns Hopkins
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
vs. Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
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