NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The Little East Conference office has released the inaugural men's tennis preseason coaches' poll. Picked to finish fourth this season were the Beacons who tallied a combined 24 points. UMass Dartmouth was selected as the team to win the conference this season with 46 points and five first place votes.
Coming in second on this year's preseason poll was Southern Maine who received the final two first place votes as well as earning 38 points. Bridgewater State University was selected third after collecting 32 points.
After the Beacons it was Western Connecticut State University in fifth with 20 points, followed by Salem State University in sixth with 18 points, and Rhode Island College in seventh with 17 points.
Already off to a great start the Beacons currently sit with a 4-1 record, which includes a 3-1 finish during their spring trip in Florida. Last Saturday UMass made quick work of Newbury College with a 9-0 victory.
To date Alex Loyer (Chelmsford, Mass.) remains the Beacons top singles player with his perfect 4-0 record at second flight. Combined UMass has combined for a 21-7 record in singles play, while their doubles play mark currently stands at 9-6.
Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) is also one of the Beacons top singles players with his 4-1 record, while in doubles play the sophomore sits with a 3-1 mark when teamed with David Hernandez (Bogota, Colombia).
Tennis will look to continue their winnings ways this week when they face Eastern Nazarene College on Tuesday and Little East Conference rival Southern Maine on Saturday.