Mavericks men’s and women’s tennis teams picked high in RMAC
Mesa State College is picked to win the RMAC women’s tennis title and the men are predicted to finish second by the coaches.
The Mesa women received four first-place votes to finish in a tie with Nebraska-Kearney for the top spot in the upcoming season. Juniors Kate Lowder and Victoria Sargent and sophomore Kelleen Sera made the preseason All-RMAC team. The Mavericks won the RMAC title last year.
The Mesa men are picked to finish second behind Western New Mexico, led by preseason All-RMAC senior Jordan Chomko.
The Mesa men begin the spring season Feb. 20 at Utah State. The Mesa women begin Feb. 27 at Dixie State (Utah) College.
Mavs’ Hogan wins RMAC award
Mesa State swimmer Kelly Hogan is the RMAC women’s swimmer of the week.
The freshman won the 200-yard freestyle (2:00.85) and was on the first-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:43.36) last weekend at the Colorado College Classic.
Hogan placed third in the 100 freestyle (56.06) in the meet as well.
Mesa ranked No. 22 in nation
Mesa State College, which reached the NCAA Division II Super Regional final last season, opens the 2010 season tied for 22nd in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings.
The Mavericks went 30-21 last season and lost to Winona State (Minn.) in the Super Regionals, finishing the season ranked No. 16.
With the core of the team returning, the Mavericks are picked to win the RMAC West Division this season and finish second overall in the conference. They open the season Feb. 20 in the RMAC/Northern Sun Crossover tournament in Kearney, Neb., facing St. Cloud State before a rematch with Winona State, ranked No. 3 in the nation.