The LaGrange men's tennis team was fourth in the 2018 USA South West Division preseason poll. The Panthers are coming off a 10-7 season where they were 4-3 in USA South matches.
LC returns senior Mitchell Corley, junior John Mitchell Benton, and sophomore Will Thompson. Corley was 10-7 at No. 1 singles and was name to the first team West Division. Thompson also was 10-7 at No. 2 singles and was an honorable mention selection to the West Division team. Coach Matt Donnett, in his ninth season. has 12 newcomers on the roster. Freshman Trevor McLemore was 5-0 during the fall schedule.
Covenant College was chosen as the West Division leader. Last spring, the Scots claimed a share of the USA South West Division regular season championship. Covenant received 22 total points and four first place votes in the preseason poll. Placing second in the poll with 19 points and one first place vote was Piedmont College, the USA South West Division co-champion. Huntingdon College followed in third place with 17 points, then the Panthers with 14 points. In fifth place with 13 points and the final first place vote was Maryville College while Berea rounded out the poll in sixth position with five points.
N.C. Wesleyan College was picked to be the East Division favorite. The Bishops captured both the USA South regular season and tournament crowns last spring for the ninth consecutive season.
The 2018 USA South Men's Tennis Tournament will be played April 13-15 in LaGrange as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival, hosted by the City of LaGrange and Troup County. The tournament will take place both at the McCluskey Tennis Center and the LaGrange College courts. The top-three teams from each division will advance to the tournament.
The Panthers open their spring schedule Feb. 23 when they host Covenant.