The West Coast Conference announced BYU women’s tennis was picked to finish fifth in the 2014 preseason coaches poll on Tuesday.
The Cougars tallied 45 points in the poll, ranking them behind Santa Clara with 58 and just ahead of San Francisco with 44. With 78 points, Saint Mary’s was chosen to be the champion.
In 2013, BYU finished its second season in the WCC with a 3-5 record, going 10-11 overall.
This season, the Cougars have rejuvenated their roster with the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation, ahead of Duke, Florida and Cal.
Mayci Jones headlines the list of new faces, along with Toby Miclat and Savannah Ware. Jones, who was ranked 19th in the nation according to Tennis Recruiting Network, is the younger sister of BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer.
Miclat is a five-star recruit and Ware a four-star. The freshmen are all seeing considerable action in their first season.
The first conference match for the Cougars is against Pacific on March 21 at noon MDT. The home opener is Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. MST versus No. 54 Denver.
Rank. Team. Points
1 — Saint Mary's 78
2 — Pepperdine 76
3 — San Diego 61
4 — Santa Clara 58
5 — BYU 45
6 — San Francisco 44
7 — Loyola Marymount 32
8 — Gonzaga 20
8 — Portland 20
10 — Pacific 16
McKay Perry is the sports information director for BYU men's and women's tennis. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org