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    Feb. 10, 2004

    By Dustin Thompson

    CARBONDALE, IL. - The 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Coaches pre-season tennis poll released Monday places Southern Illinois women's team fourth in the conference, while SIU's men's team was picked to finish sixth.

    The 2004 women's team hopes that experience will push them to the top of the Valley as the team returns seven players from last year's squad, which finished fifth in the MVC. The men's team returns five players and has brought in junior Alexandru Nomicos, a transfer student from Oklahoma University.

    With eight-of-ten first-place votes, the Illinois State women's tennis team was selected to finish atop the MVC, followed by Southwest Missouri State coming in second, while the Drake Bulldogs were picked third.

    The men's pre-season poll places Wichita State ahead of the Valley field, with Drake picked to finish second and Illinois State to finish third. The Salukis find themselves picked above seventh ranked Bradley and eighth ranked Creighton. Ninth ranked Evansville announced earlier in the year that they would be dropping their men's tennis program after this year.

    2004 Valley Women's Tennis Coaches Poll
    1. Illinois State (8), 98
    2. SMS (2), 91
    3. Drake, 76
    4. Southern Illinois, 68
    5. Indiana State, 62
    6. Wichita State, 46
    7. Creighton, 42
    8. Evansville, 27
    9. UNI, 25
    10. Bradley, 15

    2004 Valley Men's Tennis Coaches Poll
    1. Wichita State (6), 77
    2. Drake (1), 67
    3. Illinois State, 62
    4. SMS (2), 60
    5. Indiana State, 40
    6. Southern Illinois, 38
    7. Bradley, 33
    8. Creighton, 1
    9. Evansville, 9

    NOTE: Points determined by 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and coaches could not vote for their own team