Women and Men Ranked #1 and #2, Respectively, In Coaches’ Poll

The University of Vermont men’s basketball team was picked to finish second by the America East coaches in the conference’s preseason poll.

Two Catamounts, junior guard T.J. Sorrentine and sophomore forward Taylor Coppenrath, were named to the preseason all-conference team. The selections were announced by the conference at America East Men’s Basketball Media Day held in Boston today.

The second place selection in the coaches preseason poll is the highest ever for the Catamounts, who have finished ahead or equaled the coaches choice in 10 of the past 11 seasons.

Vermont last season was tabbed fourth in the preseason coaches poll but went on to finish as the regular season co-champion (with Boston U.) while setting a school-record with 21 wins.

They also set a program mark by winning 13 league games and finished in first place for the first time in 46 seasons of conference play.

The University of Vermont women’s basketball team has been picked to win the 2003 America East Championship in a vote of the conference’s head coaches.

The Catamounts, the defending America East regular season champions, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 WNIT Postseason Tournament last season.

UVM, 23-9 overall last season and 14-2 in America East, received seven of the possible eight first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team) and 63 votes overall. It is the second straight year and third overall that Vermont has been selected as the top team in the preseason poll during head coach Keith Cieplicki’s tenure