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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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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Sat Apr 06
Final
6 Lynchburg
4 at Shenandoah
Sat Apr 06
Final
2 Lynchburg
3 at Shenandoah
Tue Apr 09
Final
6 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
3 vs. Lynchburg
Sat Apr 13
Final
1 Guilford
4 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 16
Final
10 Greensboro
2 vs. Lynchburg
Note time change
Wed Apr 17
Final
3 Lynchburg
11 at Hampden-Sydney
Sat Apr 20
Final
4 Bridgewater (Va.)
5 vs. Lynchburg
Senior Day
Sat Apr 20
Final
3 Bridgewater (Va.)
2 vs. Lynchburg
Tue Apr 23
Final
13 Lynchburg
11 at No. 15 Randolph-Macon
Sat Apr 27
Final
5 Lynchburg
6 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Sat Apr 27
Final - 11 innings
7 Lynchburg
10 at Roanoke
at Kiwanis Field
Tue Apr 30
Final
12 Lynchburg
6 at Greensboro
Fri May 03
Final - 12 innings
1 Lynchburg
2 at Roanoke
ODAC First-Round | Game 1
Sun May 05
Final
11 Roanoke
3 vs. Lynchburg
ODAC First Round | Game 2
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