Women's tennis chosen third in ODAC preseason poll

Lilli Altenburg serving in a match

Forest, Va. -- Fresh off one of the finest seasons in program history, University of Lynchburg's women's tennis team was chosen third among the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's 13 teams in the annual preseason coaches' poll, the league announced Thursday morning.

The Hornets earned 107 points in the survey, trailing only defending league champion Washington and Lee (144 points, 12 first-place votes) and Randolph-Macon (132 points, one first-place vote).

Lynchburg's women posted a 13-7 record, tying the program record for wins in a season in the first year under head coach Chris Johnson. The team reached the ODAC semifinals for the first time.

With most of the squad back, the team will look to build on that success in 2019.

RELATED: 2019 ODAC women's tennis preseason poll

Junior Christina Harris (Falls Church, Va.) returns to the Hornets as one of the best players in the conference. Harris broke Lynchburg's individual match wins record during the fall season and currently charts at No. 32 in the nation in the Oracle/ITA Division III singles rankings.

Two more All-ODAC performers return for Lynchburg in seniors Lilli Altenburg (Lexington, Va.) and Sarah Wyly (Leesburg, Va.).

The Hornets will begin the spring season Saturday, Feb. 23 with a road ODAC match against Ferrum.

RELATED: 2019 Lynchburg women's tennis schedule

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2019 ODAC WOMEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL

1. Washington and Lee University (12)

144 pts.

2. Randolph-Macon College (1)

132 pts.

3. University of Lynchburg

107 pts.

4. Virginia Wesleyan University

101 pts.

5. Roanoke College

100 pts.

6. Randolph College

97 pts.

7. Bridgewater College

95 pts.

8. Sweet Briar College

62 pts.

9. Emory & Henry College

50 pts.

10. Hollins University

45 pts.

11. Shenandoah University

37 pts.

12. Ferrum College

36 pts.

13. Guilford College

17 pts.

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Mary Baldwin
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Fri Aug 30
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Bryn Mawr
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@ Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. Route 42 Classic
Fri Aug 30
7:00 PM
Roanoke
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Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Aug 31
10:00 AM
Meredith
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Sat Aug 31
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Lebanon Valley
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Sat Aug 31
2:00 PM
Catholic
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Roanoke
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Sat Sep 07
5:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
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@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational
Sun Sep 08
4:30 PM
Regent
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Wed Sep 11
7:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
7:00 PM
Oglethorpe
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Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
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Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Randolph-Macon
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3:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Sun Sep 01
3:00 PM
Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
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@ Salem, Va. Roanoke College Kickoff
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.)
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo
vs. Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Emory
Sun Sep 15
11:00 AM
Lynchburg
at Piedmont
Piedmont Invitational
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
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Sat Oct 05
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