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Golden Eagle 2010 outlook

2010 Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Coaches/SID Poll 1. Morehead State......... 153 (11) 2. Jacksonville State.........139 (9) 3. Murray State........................ 133 4. Eastern Kentucky............... 105 5. Tennessee Tech................99 6. Austin Peay..............................93 7. Southeast Missouri...............65 8. Eastern Illinois........................41 9. Tennessee State.....................39 10. UT Martin...............................33

2010 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team Caitlin Vorbeck..............Jacksonville State Katelin Craven................... Morehead State Leah Meffert................Tennessee Tech Sarah Alisaleh............................Austin Peay Emma Keough.................. Morehead State Abby O’Connor...............Eastern Kentucky Jade Guo....................................Murray State Lauren Snyder.................Eastern Kentucky Kayleah Sauer..........................Murray State Becca Lamb..............................Murray State Jessica Mollman........................Austin Peay Alex Zwetter......................... Eastern Illinois Jen Meyer........................Jacksonville State Annie Gruenschlager..... Morehead State

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are looking to rebound off a 2009 season that saw them finish with a 10-18 record, including a 9-9 mark and a fifth place finish in the OVC. Tech is just one season removed from its 2008 OVC championship season that saw the Golden Eagles finish with a 19-13 record, with a 14-4 OVC mark. The task of climbing up the ranks of the OVC will be a challenge as many teams will be in the running for the top spot in the conference. This season’s preseason poll has placed the Golden Eagles fifth in the rankings. Despite the ranking, head coach John Blair is confident the team will compete every match. “This team will get better every week,” Blair said. “It depends on how well we can sustain it. We’re hoping for some early success to build on.” Tournament Tested Tech will be tested early on in its nonconference tournaments as it travels to Clemson, Samford and Western Kentucky. Each tournament will pit the Golden Eagles against some of the toughest competition in the country and Blair knows it will be a good measuring stick for the rest of the season to come.

Tech will take part in the Samford Invitational where it will take on Syracuse, Northwestern State, North Texas and Samford. The Golden Eagles wrap up their non-conference schedule as they take part in the Western Kentucky Invitational. Tech will square off against Missouri, Central Arkansas and Western Kentucky. TTU will open its 2010 OVC schedule with six of eight matches on the road. The Golden Eagles will face Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 17 to begin conference play. Tech and Colonels both finished last season with a 9-9 mark in conference play and made the OVC tournament. Bolstering the Bench Blair will be joined on the bench this season by thirdyear assistant coach Jessica Lane. In her first season, Lane was pivotal in the Golden Eagles’ OVC championship run in 2008 and Blair will look to her to remain an essential part of the program. “She is becoming more comfortable and is taking on more responsibilities in recruiting and on campus

“Every host team is from a strong conference,” Blair said. “I don’t see any automatic victories and every win will be earned. We’ll see teams from outside the region which will give us a national flavor.” At Clemson, the Golden Eagles will take on the host Tigers, Jacksonville and Albany. Each team recorded at least 19 wins last season and finished fourth or higher in their respective conference. Albany finished the season 22-9, with a 10-0 record in the America East Conference. The Golden Eagles open their 2010 home schedule August 31 as they host the Belmont Bruins. Tech has posted an all-time mark of 9-2 against Belmont.

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