YSU Women Predicted to Win League Title; Three Earn HL Weekly Honors

Mickael Sopel
Mickael Sopel

The Youngstown State women's tennis team, winners of three straight Horizon League postseason championships, are predicted to win the 2017 regular-season league title according to voting by the conferences coaches.

YSU was two points ahead of UIC in the voting as both schools received four first-place votes. The Penguins had 72 points while the Flames had 70 and Cleveland State was just behind at 68. The Vikings as well as Wright State, which had 61 votes, also received first-place votes.

Last year YSU beat the Raiders 4-2 in a back-and-forth title match. The winner of the postseason earns the Horizon League's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

The Penguins, who return Dominika Lackova, Sofia Macias, Noelly Nsimba, Ana Stroe and Nehel Sahni from last year's squad will be tested this year by all the contenders.

After pulling off the upset against Cleveland State last year in the semifinals last season, Wright State returns their entire roster from a season ago and features six seniors. UIC and Cleveland State tied for the regular season title, but both lost in the Horizon League Championships.

Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team on their ballot.

The 2017 Horizon League Men's and Women's Championship will be held at the Preston Robert Tisch Building on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich from April 28-30.

On Tuesday, Nsmiba, Macias and newcomer Cassandra Moraleja were named Horizon League Athletes of the week. Macias was the tennis player of the week while Nsimba and Moraelja were recognized as the doubles team of the week.

The Penguins are back in action on Friday night when they play host to Niagara at the Boardman Tennis Center.