NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Temple women's tennis team has been selected to finish second in the 14-team Atlantic 10 women's tennis conference. After capturing its seventh title in the past eight seasons a year ago, Richmond has been selected to win its fourth-straight championship in 2012, according to a vote of the league's head coaches.
Temple, which finished third at the 2011 A-10 Championship, has been chosen to place second at this year's event. The Owls, guided by veteran head coach Steve Mauro, will rely heavily upon the services of sophomore Yana Mavrina, an All-Conference second-team pick from a year ago. Mavrina finished the 2011 campaign with a 17-10 singles record – primarily playing at the number-three position – that included a 12-7 record in dual action. Mavrina also paired with classmate Alicia Doms to boast a team-best 17 wins in doubles play.
George Washington, a fourth-place finisher a year ago, was picked to come in third. Last year's Championship runner-up Saint Louis was picked to finish fourth, followed by Massachusetts (fifth), Xavier (sixth) and Charlotte (seventh). Duquesne and Fordham tied for the eighth spot, while Dayton (10th), Saint Joseph's (11th), Rhode Island (12th), St. Bonaventure (13th) and La Salle (14th) round out the 14 league teams.
The 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Tennis Championship, a single-elimination event, will be held April 19-22 at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.