(Kansas City, MO) The Bethel College Women's Tennis program is ranked #20 in the Women Tennis Coaches' Preseason Poll.
The Bethel Women return a strong core of players from last years KCAC Regular Season & Tournament Championship team that made a fourth straight appearance at the NAIA National Championships in Mobile, AL. Leading that group are returning 1st Team All-KCAC players Miranda Weaver, Steph Shogren, and Ashley Koester, as well as returning 2nd Team All-KCAC players Allie Hipp & Ashley Suhr. Shayne Runnion and Madelyn Weaver are also experienced varsity players and can impact the line-up. Other returning players inlcude Alyssa Scheuerman & Abby Viele. The freshman class has three players - Breanna Honer, Shayla Roath, and Jill Siebert. All three of these players qualified multiple times for state in high school and Honer has a 4A State Singles Championship on her resume.
Bethel ended last season receiving votes for the top 25. A total of four teams are new to the poll after going unranked in the final rating: No. 14 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), No. 20 Bethel (Kan.), No. 22 Cumberland (Tenn.) and No. 23 Belhaven (Miss.).
Bethel Coach Lonnie Isaac has put together a strong schedule for this year facing two other nationally ranked teams, #18 Oklahoma Baptist and #24 Nebraska Wesleyan. They will look to defend their 2012 KCAC Championship and return to the National Tournament again this year.
Defending National Champions Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) begin the season as the number one ranked team. For a complete listing of the top 25 you can visit the NAIA website: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=640690&SPID=96226&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=206169607