The University of Scranton women's tennis team received two first place votes and was picked second in the Landmark Conference preseason poll that was released by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.
Defending champion Moravian topped the poll with 68 points and six first place votes, while the Royals were selected second with the other two first place tallied and 60 points. Elizabethtown was picked third with 40 points and Goucher rounded out the top four with 38 points.
Drew placed fifth with 24 points and Catholic was picked sixth with 22 points. Susquehanna (12 points) and Juniata (eight points) comprised the remainder of the poll.
The Royals return four players that earned All-Landmark Conference honors a year ago including the reigning Player of the Year, senior Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore). DeNunzio posted a 9-1 record in singles play this fall and went 6-2 in doubles play with junior Marissa Campo (Green Lane, Pa./Christopher Dock).
Campo garnered All-Landmark First Team honors in doubles play a season ago.
Senior Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) earned All-Landmark First Team honors in doubles play last season and enjoyed a strong fall by going 5-2 in singles play and 5-1 in doubles action. Sophomore Claire Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) received All-Landmark Second Team honors in doubles play and also returns for the Royals.
Scranton opens the spring portion of their schedule with a match against Stevenson on Saturday, Mar. 15 in Orlando, Fla., as a part of the team's annual Spring Break trip. The Royals will open Landmark Conference play when they host Catholic and Goucher on Saturday, Mar. 28 and Sunday, Mar. 29.
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