BRIDGEPORT, West Virginia – Charleston narrowly edged Glenville State and Wheeling to claim first place in the 2022 Mountain East Conference Women’s Golf Preseason Poll, the league office announced Thursday afternoon.
Only five points separated the top three teams in the voting, with Charleston taking first place with 58 points and three votes for first place. Charleston finished third at the MEC Golf Championships a season ago and will fire four of its top five players, including Beatrice Dietz, Victoria Witouski, Aleigha Hodges and Brooke Devolld. 2021 MEC Women’s Golf Championship runner-up Glenville State finished second in preseason voting with 56 points and three first-place votes. Junior Elizabeth Bickar and sophomore Grace Halcrow will lead the Pioneers in the 2022 campaign.
Reining MEC Champion Wheeling University rounded out the top three with 53 points and the remaining (3) votes for first place. The Cardinals ran away with last fall’s MEC Championship by 16 shots, led by standout performances from Emily Holzopfel, Olivia Zampedro, Nicole Lincicome and Zoila Herrera. Three of the four players will return to the course for the Cardinals this fall.
Davis & Elkins finished fourth with 39 points, while Fairmont State rounded out the top five with 34 points. West Liberty finished sixth in the poll (29) and was followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (24), Concord (17) and Notre Dame (14).
The MEC Championship takes place October 3-5 at Avalon Lakes in Warren, Ohio.
2022 MEC Women’s Golf Pre-Season Survey
1. Charleston – 58 (3)
2. Glenville State – 56 (3)
3. Roll – 53 (3)
4. Davis and Elkins – 39
5. Fairmont State – 34
6. Freedom West – 29
7. West Virginia Wesleyan – 24
8. Concord – 17
9. Notre Dame – 14
( ) Indicates first place votes
* Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team