FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference released its 2013 preseason men's tennis coaches poll on Thursday and Washington and Lee was picked to claim its fourth straight league crown.
The Generals’ 10 first-place votes and 100 points rank first out of the 11 tennis playing schools in the conference. Bridgewater amassed 86 points and received the other first-place vote to rank second, while Guilford was third with 75 points. Emory & Henry (69), Virginia Wesleyan (69), Hampden-Sydney (53), Randolph-Macon (45), Roanoke (43), Shenandoah (25), Randolph (23) and Lynchburg (17) rounded out the poll.
W&L returns just six letterwinners and two of its top six singles players from last season's team that finished 16-5 overall and 9-0 in the conference. The Generals claimed the ODAC title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to second-ranked Emory University, 5-0.
Headlining the returnees is two-time singles All-American Hayden White (Baltimore, Md. / Towson), who was named the ODAC Co-Player of the Year in 2012. He posted a 16-8 singles record and a 13-8 doubles mark last season while advancing to the NCAA Singles Championship for the third straight year. The senior enters the spring season with a 66-28 career singles mark and a 53-24 career doubles record.
Sophomore Taylor Shamshiri (Austin, Texas / ATA College Prep) also returns after earning First Team All-ODAC laurels in both singles and doubles last season. He notched a 14-9 record in singles and a 15-10 doubles mark last year.
The Generals also return sophomore Christopher Hu (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood), who also claimed First Team All-ODAC honors in both singles and doubles during his rookie season. He went 10-5 in singles play and 13-3 in doubles.
Washington and Lee will kick off its spring season on February 16 as it travels to Division I Elon for a 1:30 pm match.