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Preseason Picks

Preseason Picks

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Belmont men's tennis team is picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll as announced by the conference office Friday. 

In a vote by the league's head coaches, defending champion Tennessee Tech is picked win the OVC title with 24 points and four first place votes.  The Bruins are right behind in second with two first place votes and a total of 21 points.  Jacksonville State is slated third with 18 points.  Rounding out the poll were Austin Peay (11), Eastern Illinois (10), and Tennessee State (6).

In addition, three Bruins were included on the OVC Preseason Player Top-10 Rankings: junior Henrik Inno, sophomore Marko Ilic, and junior Vincent Sterkens

The Bruins, who are 2-1 on the spring season, head to Ohio this weekend for the trio of matches.  They play at Dayton on Friday, Xavier on Saturday, and Wright State on Sunday.

2019 OVC Men's Tennis Predicted Order of Finish
(voted on by the league's head coaches)

1. Tennessee Tech (4) – 24
2. Belmont (2) – 21
3. Jacksonville State – 18
4. Austin Peay – 11
5. Eastern Illinois – 10
6. Tennessee State – 6

2019 OVC Men's Tennis Preseason Player Top 10
(voted on by the league's head coaches)


1. Rafael Tosetto, Tennessee Tech – Fr. – Jacarei, Brazil
2. Hendrik Inno, Belmont – Jr. – Someru, Estonia
T3. Aljaz Kaplja, Jacksonville State– So. – Radomlje, Slovenia
T3. Fanis Kontopoulos, Tennessee Tech – Jr. – Corinthos, Greece
T5. Marko Ilic, Belmont – So. – Zagreb, Croatia
T5. Wenceslao Albin, Tennessee Tech – Sr. – Salliquelo, Argentina
7. Almantos Ozelis, Austin Peay  - Sr. – Marijampole, Lithuania
8. Vincent Sterkens, Belmont – Jr. -Antwerp, Belgium
9. Guillermo Agost, Jacksonville State – Jr. – Logrono, Span
T10. Freddie O'Brien, Eastern Illinois – Jr. – Surrey, United Kingdom
T10. Elias Grubert, Tennessee Tech – Fr.- Parana, Argentina