BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference
announced the men's tennis coaches preseason poll, Thursday. Many of the
teams begin action this weekend as dual season began, the official ITA kick-off
weekend begins on January 25. The Aggies open on the road against SMU and
Nicholls State in Frisco, Texas.
Texas A&M under the direction of head coach Steve Denton
was picked third in the Western Division and the Aggies will be looking to
qualify for their 20th consecutive NCAA Championship in 2013. The
Aggies advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Championships defeating
SEC foe South Carolina in the opening round and then dropping the second round
match to eventual national champion USC on the Trojans' home courts.
The Ole Miss Rebels were picked as the overall
champion. Last season, the Rebels went 15-9, 7-4 in the
SEC. They are currently ranked 13th in the ITA rankings.
Ole Miss was also voted as Western Division Champion with 74
points. Mississippi State was second with 63 points, while Texas
A&M was third with 53 points. The remainder of the West was: 4.
Auburn (46 points), 5. LSU (34 points), 6. Alabama (22 points), and Arkansas
In the East, Georgia was voted as Division Champion with 65
points. The rest of the East was: 2. Tennessee (47 points), 3. Florida
(42 points), 4. Kentucky (37 points), 5. Vanderbilt (27 points), 6. South
Carolina (13 points).
The preseason poll is voted on by the men's tennis head
coach at each institution and is based on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 count in the East
division and 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 in the West division. They also vote for the overall
champion, with each vote counting as one point. Two coaches did not
The complete tally for the poll is
Division - Points
Georgia - 65
2. Tennessee - 47
Florida - 42
4. Kentucky - 37
5. Vanderbilt - 27
Carolina - 13
Division - Points
Miss - 74
State - 63
3. Texas A&M - 53
Auburn - 46
5. LSU - 34
6. Alabama - 22
7. Arkansas - 16
Overall Regular Season Champion: Ole Miss (5
points); Georgia (3) Mississippi State (2), Vanderbilt (1).