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Ramapo and Suffolk Pave Way in GNAC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll


Ramapo ranks first in South
Division poll, Suffok tops North poll

WINTHROP, Mass. – Ramapo College and Suffolk University have been ranked atop their respective divisions in the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll, it was announced on Thursday afternoon by the league office.

Suffolk received three first-place votes and 17 votes to take the top spot in the GNAC North Division poll, while three-time defending conference champion Ramapo received all seven first-place votes to lead the GNAC South Division poll with 28 points.

Behind Suffolk on the North side was Norwich University, which finished one point back of the Rams despite garnering four first-place votes. Johnson & Wales University finished third with nine points.

On the South side of the poll, Rutgers University-Newark placed second with 18 points, while Albertus Magnus College and Rutgers-University Camden tied for third place with 12 points apiece.

Last spring, Ramapo defeated Rutgers-Newark in the GNAC Semifinals before traveling to Vermont for the title match, where the Roadrunners defeated Norwich, 5-4. As a result, they received the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Nichols College, 5-3.

In alternating fashion, the team from the South Division that prevails in the 2016 GNAC Semifinals will host this year’s championship match. The semis are scheduled for April 30, with the title match set for May 7.

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 12 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 17 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement. 

2016 GNAC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll
North Division
1. Suffolk (3) - 17
2. Norwich (4) - 16 
3. Johnson & Wales - 9

South Division
1. Ramapo (7) - 28
2. Rutgers-Newark - 18
T3. Albertus Magnus - 12
T3. Rutgers-Camden - 12