Ladies Tennis Ranked Fifth in Mid-Con Preseason Poll
Thursday, January 13, 2005



ELMHURST, ILL. - The Centenary Ladies have been selected to finish fifth out of nine teams in the Mid-Continent preseason poll. In their inaugural season of Mid-Con play, the Ladies completed the ’04 season with a 10-16, 5-3 record, qualifying for the Mid-Con Championships. With a mixture of returnees and new talent, the 2005 squad looks to make another impact at the conference tournament in April.

Anja Schmidt returns for her junior year, looking to build on her spectacular 23-2 singles record. The Germany native went undefeated in conference play last season and was named the Mid-Con women’s tennis player of the year.

On the men’s side, the Gents were ranked seventh and have a series of veterans returning to boost their 2-11, 1-5 record from last year.

Oral Roberts ranks first in the men’s bracket with 31 points, followed by IUPUI (29), Valparaiso (28), Western Illinois (22), UMKC (18), Chicago State (12), Centenary (7).

For the women, IUPUI rests atop the nine teams with 61 points overall, followed by Valparaiso (59), Southern Utah (45), Oral Roberts (38), Centenary (37), Chicago State (31), Oakland (23), Western Illinois (22), and UMKC (8).