SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The University of San Diego men's tennis team has been selected to win the upcoming 2016 West Coast Conference season, as voted on by the league head coaches, it was announced by the conference office Wednesday.
The reigning WCC Champion Toreros collected all nine first place votes as conference policy prohibits coaches from casting a vote for their own team. San Diego amassed 81 overall points as the favorite in the preseason poll. Last season, the Toreros won their second consecutive West Coast Conference Championship title, and this year the Toreros place three on the six-member preseason team in seniors Jordan Angus and Uros Petronijevic alongside junior Filip Vittek. Angus and Petronijevic are ranked No. 34 and No. 35, respectively, in the ITA Singles Rankings.
Pepperdine was chosen second, collecting one first place vote and 73 overall points. The Waves will count on All-WCC Preseason team member Guilherme Hadlich to lead the team. In the last 12 seasons, the Waves have won the WCC crown 10 times dating back to 2003-10, 2012-2013.
Pacific was tabbed third in preseason balloting with 58 points, and is represented on the all-conference team by senior Sam Verbeek.
One point separates Loyola Marymount (48) and San Francisco (47), which were selected fourth and fifth, respectively. Lions sophomore Errol Smith landed on the preseason team after earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors in a standout debut season last year.
Meanwhile, Portland (38), Brigham Young (36), and Santa Clara (34), along with Gonzaga (24), and Saint Mary's round out the ten-team field at slots 6-10.
The 2016 WCC Men's Tennis Championship will take place at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, Calif., April 28-30.
2016 WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL
|Team (First Place Votes)||Points|
|San Diego (9)||81|
|2016 All-WCC Preseason Men's Tennis Team|
|#34 Jordan Angus, San Diego, SR|
|Guilherme Hadlich, Pepperdine, JR|
|#35 Uros Petronijevic, San Diego, SR|
|Errol Smith, Loyola Marymount, SO|
|Sem Verbeek, Pacific, SR|
|Filip Vittek, San Diego, JR|