Jacob Gibb, BYU Athletics

The BYU women’s tennis team was selected to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference race for the 2018-19 season in the preseason coaches poll, the league announced.

Each of the 10 WCC head coaches casts votes in the WCC preseason poll and also chooses the top-six players to the All-WCC Preseason Women’s Tennis Team.

Pepperdine was chosen to finish first, receiving unanimous first-place votes and 81 total points. The Pepperdine Waves claimed the WCC championship title in the 2017-18 season, making it their sixth-consecutive title win, as well as the 28th time Pepperdine has won the tournament since 1986. Ashley Lahey and Evgeniya Levashova from Pepperdine are representatives on the All-WCC Preseason Team.

Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga took second and third place receiving 71 and 62 points, respectively. LMU’s Veronica Miroshnichenko and Eva Marie Voracek and Gonzaga’s Sophie Whittle join Pepperdine’s athletes on the All-WCC Preseason Team.

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San Diego claimed fourth place with 54 points, while Saint Mary’s was shy by one point (53 points) for fifth place. BYU follows in sixth place with 42 points, after finishing the 2017-18 season fourth.

Santa Clara (36 points), Portland (20 points), San Francisco (16 points) and Pacific (15 points) round out the bottom half of the preseason rankings, while seven student-athletes were selected to be on the preseason team due to a tie in voting.

The Cougars begin conference play on Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m., when they face off against the Portland Pilots at home.

For the full release, visit the WCC women’s tennis page.