Liberty has been chosen to finish second in the ASUN in 2021.
2021 ASUN Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll
The Liberty women's tennis team has been tabbed to finish second in the ASUN Conference in the 2021 ASUN Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll, it was announced on Thursday afternoon by the league.
The Lady Flames received three first-place votes and 57 points in the coaches poll. Five-time defending ASUN champion North Florida earned the other five first-place votes and 61 points. This marks the first year Liberty has been tabbed to finish second in the league. In 2019 and 2020, Liberty and UNF were tabbed co-favorites both years.
FGCU (third, 46 points), Stetson (fourth, 41 points), Lipscomb (fifth, 34 points), Kennesaw State (sixth, 23 points), North Alabama (seventh, 18 points) and ASUN newcomer Bellarmine (eighth, eight points) rounded out the poll.
Liberty will open its spring campaign at Georgia State, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. in Athens, Ga. The Lady Flames will also square off with the Mercer Bears in a neutral-site contest on Jan. 24 at Georgia State. Liberty's first ASUN match of 2021 will take place on March 19 at North Alabama.
Liberty posted a 7-4 overall record in 2020. The Lady Flames, who were picked to finish first in the ASUN last spring along with North Florida, did not compete in any ASUN contests in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Liberty finished with a 6-1 mark in its first season in the ASUN Conference to earn a share of the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed for the ASUN Women's Tennis Championship.
2021 ASUN Conference Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches Poll Team (first-place votes) Total Points
1. North Florida (5) 61 2. Liberty (3) 57 3. FGCU 46 4. Stetson 41 5. Lipscomb 34 6. Kennesaw State 23 7. North Alabama 18 8. Bellarmine 8