Photos courtesy of Deana Acklin
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College women's tennis team was picked 11th in the Conference Carolinas preseason coaches' poll, the league announced today (Thursday, Jan. 24).
Emmanuel (Ga.) was picked at the top of the poll with 117 points and nine first-place votes, while Barton was picked second with 98 points and two first-place votes. Defending regular season and conference tournament champion as well as NCAA tournament qualifier Chowan was picked third in the poll with 87 points, while Limestone was slated fourth with 86 points. Mount Olive was picked fifth with 80 points, while Belmont Abbey was tabbed sixth with 78 points. Erskine was locked in at seventh with 76 points, while North Greenville was eighth with 46 points. Southern Wesleyan (44 points), Converse (37 points), Lees-McRae (24 points) and King (Tenn.) (19 points) rounded out the poll.
Allen made a definite impact for the Bobcats during her first season in Banner Elk. The Saint Johns, Fla. native played all of her matches from the No. 1 singles and doubles positions, going 8-7 in singles play and 5-10 in doubles. She was named the Conference Carolinas Women's Tennis Player of the Week on February 28, after picking up her first collegiate victories against Converse on February 24. Academically, Allen was named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll after her freshman season.
As a junior, Langmade posted a record of 4-11 in singles action while going 5-10 with Allen in doubles play. She picked up singles victories against King and Erskine during the conference slate, and also notched victories against Montreat and UVa-Wise. In doubles, Langmade and Allen won matches against Converse, Pikeville, Montreat, King and UVa-Wise. After her junior campaign, Langmade earned spots on both the Academic All-Conference team and to the league's presidential honor roll list.
Shamsuddin comes to Lees-McRae from Malaysia, where she will compete in her first season for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats open the 2019 season at home on Feb. 9 against Warren Wilson, slated for a 12 p.m. start.