Nashville --- The Tennessee State University women's golf team was picked to finish the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference campaign in eighth place in a vote of league head coaches.
Three teams split the first-place votes with Jacksonville State receiving four of the eight votes in edging out two-time defending champion Murray State by two points (44-42). Morehead State was just one point behind the Racers in third place overall (41). Austin Peay was picked fourth (32) and was followed by Eastern Kentucky (26), Tennessee Tech (18), Eastern Illinois (14) and Tennessee State (7).
"We know have a difficult road ahead of us but the team is ready for the challenge," commented newly appointed head coach Chris Seibel. "The girls are having fun, working hard and are looking forward to going out there and competing. Our goal this season is to make improvements and continue to get better each week."
This fall, Tennessee State registered its best finish of the season at the Savannah State Fall Classic. TSU finished the tournament in fifth place. Jamie Pierce led the team with an 82.3 average.
TSU will officially kick-off the spring season, Saturday, Feb.26 at the Birmingham Southern Ann Rhodes Shootout in Birmingham, Ala.
Women's Predicted Order of Finish
1. Jacksonville State (4 first-place) 44
2. Murray State (1) 42
3. Morehead State (3) 41
4. Austin Peay 32
5. Eastern Kentucky 26
6. Tennessee Tech 18
7. Eastern Illinois 14
8. Tennessee State 7