Men's Tennis Picked To Repeat As NEC Champions

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Northeast Conference's men's tennis coaches have picked Quinnipiac as the preseason favorite to repeat as league champions, the conference office today announced. The Bobcats, which captured their fourth NEC Championship in the last seven years last season, took five first-place votes.

2009 NEC Champion and 2010 Runner-up Sacred Heart took two first-place votes in being picked second in the poll. Fairleigh Dickinson also picked up two first-place votes in being selected third. Following in the poll were Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Saint Francis (Pa.), St. Francis (N.Y.) and Wagner.

2011 Northeast Conferenece Men's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Quinnipiac (5)
2. Sacred Heart (2)
3. Fairleigh Dickinson (2)
4. Monmouth
5. Mount St. Mary's
6. Robert Morris
7. Saint Francis (Pa.)
8. St. Francis (N.Y.)
9. Wagner

The Bobcats return four starters from their championship team of a year ago. Brian Mikkelson (Mequon, Wis.) returns to the top singles position, while Andrew Weeden (Martinsville, N.J.) played No. 3 last year and will look to jump to the No. 2 flight. James Kwei (Dedham, Mass.) was named First Team All-NEC at No. 5 last year, and will jump to the No. 3 flight. Senior Dillon Kraus (Bayside, N.J.) returns as a doubles specialist.