The University of Scranton women's tennis team will begin the spring portion of their 2018-19 season where they ended last season - on top of the Landmark Conference - as the Royals were picked first in the 2019 Landmark preseason poll, which was released on Friday afternoon.
Garnering 68 total points, Scranton was able to collect six first place votes to top the preseason rankings. Moravian was voted to finish second with 54 points and a first place vote, while Catholic was picked third with 48 points and the other first place vote. Elizabethtown rounded out the top four with 35 points.
For the full Landmark Conference preseason poll for women's tennis, click here.
Entering the spring, Scranton returns almost their entire starting line-up in both singles and doubles from a season ago, losing just Julia Frattaroli to graduation, as Frattaroli departed Scranton after taking the Landmark Conference Player of the Year award at the end of last season.
Leading the way for the Royals will be junior Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore), who has been an All-Landmark Conference selection in each of the last two years, capturing first team accolades at both singles and doubles a season ago. Senior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) also returns, as she comes off a breakout junior season that saw her earn All-Landmark first team honors in doubles and second team accolades in singles.
Elsewhere, sophomore Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) looks to build off a sound first year in the campaign that saw her eventually take Landmark Rookie of the Year accolades and earn All-Landmark honors in both singles (second team) and doubles (first team). Senior Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg), junior Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) and sophomore Lindsay Roberto (Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame) round out the returning starters in 2019 for the Royals.
The Royals, who went a perfect 3-0 in matches during the fall, head to Florida for their annual Spring Break trip from Mar. 8-14, as they will take part in five matches over the week. Landmark Conference play then begins on Mar. 30 at Catholic. In all, Scranton will entertain Susquehanna (Apr. 6). Juniata (Apr. 7), and Moravian (Apr. 13) in conference matches at Royal Courts in April.
To view the full schedule for the women's tennis team, click here.