ATLANTA, Ga. - With the new season set to begin on Wednesday, North Florida and Liberty were selected as co-favorites to win the 2020 ASUN Conference Women's Tennis Regular Season, announced Tuesday by the league office. This is the second year in a row that the eight league coaches have voted the Ospreys and Flames to a tie atop the annual preseason coaches poll.
Both teams totaled 56 points in the vote, with the defending ASUN Champions North Florida receiving five of the eight first-place votes. Liberty, who is heading into its second season of competition in the conference, garnered two votes. The final first-place vote went to the Stetson Hatters who landed fourth in the poll with a total of 41 points.
FGCU, the runner up in last season's ASUN Championship Final, received 50 points to come in third place. Lipscomb (31) rounded out the top five with NJIT (28), Kennesaw State (18) and North Alabama (8) occupying the final three spots in the poll.
The regular season begins on Jan. 7 with FGCU taking on SEC foe Kentucky at home. KSU starts its campaign against Georgia Tech on Jan. 11 while UNA hits the road to face Tennessee on Jan. 12. The remaining ASUN squads begin play throughout the coming weeks in preparation for the conference slate which begins on March 7 between the Eagles and Bisons, picking up again later in the month on March 21 as Stetson faces FGCU.
The 2020 ASUN Women's Tennis Championship takes place April 24-26, hosted by Liberty at the Cook Tennis Center in Lynchburg, Va. The Quarterfinal matches take place on Friday, April 24, followed by the Semifinals on Saturday, April 25. Matches on both days will begin at 2 PM. The Women's Championship Final is on Sunday, April 26 with a start time of 1 PM.
Lipscomb officially opens the 2020 campaign on Friday, January 24 at Samford. It will be the first of six-straight matches away from home to start the season.