Men's Tennis Picked First In A-10 Preseason Poll
Jan. 24, 2011
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The top two teams from last season's Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Tournament title match were both picked to win the 2011 A-10 regular season crown by the conference coaches. Xavier and George Washington finished in a tie for first in the A-10 preseason poll.
Xavier, the defending A-10 Men's Tennis champion, edged George Washington, 4-3, in the Championship match last season, to earn its third consecutive Conference title and the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Musketeers, led by three-time Coach of the Year Eric Toth, return a pair of All-Conference second team selections in senior Bobby Deye and junior Richard Canelas. Deye, a two-time All-Conference pick, provided XU with its dramatic victory at the 2010 A-10 Championship, clinching a three-set win at number four singles.
George Washington, seeking its first A-10 Championship since 1979, returns a plethora of talent in four All-Conference selections, including seniors Erik Hannah, Chris Kushman and Yan Levinski, along with junior Ugur Atalay. Hannah, a two-time All-Conference honoree, closed out last season with an 18-11 singles record; while Kushman finished the 2010 season with a 25-9 overall singles record, including individual titles at the Georgetown Classic and the UVA Classic with victories over singles players from then-No. 1 Virginia and then-No. 40 Nebraska.
The 2011 A-10 Men's Tennis Championship will be held April 15-17 at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo.
2011 A-10 MEN'S TENNIS PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH (2010 A-10 Championship finish in parentheses) 1. George Washington (2nd)
3. Temple (4th)
4. Charlotte (7th)
5. Duquesne (3rd)
6. Richmond (8th)
7. St. Bonaventure (6th)
8. Saint Louis (5th)
9. Dayton (T-9th)
10. Saint Joseph's (T-9th)
11. Fordham (T-11th)
12. La Salle (T-11th)