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Women's Hoops Picked Ninth

Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft is back for her fifth season as the Hornets head coach.
Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft is back for her fifth season as the Hornets head coach.

FOREST, Va. - The Shenandoah University women's basketball team is the No. 9 selection of the ODAC coaches in pre-season poll results released Thursday as part of the league's annual media day.

Shenandoah, preparing for its fifth season under the direction of head coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft, has 60 points in the poll to take the ninth position by six points over Roanoke.

SU is four points back of No. 8 Washington and Lee.

The Hornets finished ninth in the 2017-18 regular season standings last season and advanced to the ODAC quarterfinals for the second straight year with a 76-68 win over eighth-seeded Eastern Mennonite in the opening round of the tournament.

Shenandoah returns four starters: Sarah Donley, McKenzie Mathis, Jordan Sondrol and Ashley Stone, off of that 12-win team. Sondrol and Stone both earned All-ODAC accolades in 2018.

Randolph-Macon is the pre-season pick to win it all again in 2019 with 139 points and seven first-place votes. The Yellow Jackets are three points clear of 2018 regular season champ Emory and Henry. The Wasps have 136 points and the remaining six first-place votes.

Voting was done on a 12-1 basis with coaches unable to vote for their own teams in the poll.

Shenandoah opens its 2018-19 season on November 10 with a 2 p.m. non-league home game versus Hood College.

The ODAC opener is Sunday, November 25 versus E&H.

Smeltzer-Kraft at ODAC Media Day

Complete poll:

2018-19 ODAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL
(#) Denotes First Place Votes

1. Randolph-Macon (7) 139 pts.
2. Emory and Henry (6) 136 pts.
3. Lynchburg 122 pts.
4. Guilford 105 pts.
5. Virginia Wesleyan 94 pts.
6. Bridgewater 83 pts.
7. Eastern Mennonite 74 pts.
8. Washington and Lee 64 pts.
9. Shenandoah 60 pts.
10. Roanoke 54 pts.
11. Ferrum 47 pts.
12. Randolph College 23 pts.
13. Hollins 13 pts.

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