MSC Coaches Select Women's Golf Second in Preseason Poll
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
MSC Coaches Select Women's Golf Second in Preseason Poll
Maria Pilar Scenna continually improved over the course of her freshman season, culminating in a 34th place finish in the NAIA National Tournament in May. (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Cumberland women's golf claimed second place in the Mid-South Conference coaches' preseason poll that was unveiled yesterday morning.

The Phoenix captured last season's Mid-South Conference regular season title before finishing seventh in the NAIA National Tournament. Cumberland has much to look forward to this season, returning all of the parts that proved instrumental to last year's success. The returnees are headlined by senior, All-Americans Ana Laura Pages Preuss and Raquel Romero Valverde.

 "I'll know who my team is once we tee off in Atlanta, but I am very excited about returning two All-Americans [Preuss and Valverde]," said Head Coach Rich Williams.

Besides the steadfast upperclassmen, Williams looks forward to seeing further development from Maria Pilar Scenna. In her freshman season last year Scenna showed continual improvement, taking nearly a stroke off her scoring average from Fall to Spring semesters.

"I also look forward to bringing back a very talented freshman [Maria Pilar Scenna] that finished in a tie for 34th in the national tournament." Continued Williams, "All of her [Scenna's] hard work started to pay off, and I know that continued over the Summer because that is just what she does."

Cumberland brings in two talented freshman to help further the level of competition within the squad. Head Coach Williams said when asked about the freshmen, "My incoming freshmen Tilde [Rolandsson] and Ida [Lihufvudh] are fully capable of putting up good scores for us."

Coaches picked Cumberlands (Ky.) to take first in the poll after winning last season's conference tournament, collecting 46 voting points and four of the eight first-place votes. The Phoenix earned second with 40 voting points and two first place votes.

Pikeville (Ky.) collected 33 voting points and one of the remaining first-place votes for a third-place selection. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) followed right on Pikeville's heels, taking fourth with 32 points. Fifth place belongs to Georgetown (Ky.), gaining 26 points and the final first-place vote.

Campbellsville (Ky.) was selected to finish sixth with 25 points, while, in its inaugural season as a member of the MSC, Thomas More (Ky.) ties with Shawnee State at seventh with 11 points to complete the poll.

The women's golf team first tees off in the SCAD-Atlanta Fall Invitational over the weekend of September 14 in Atlanta, Ga.

2019-20 Mid-South Conference Women’s Golf Preseason Coaches’ Poll



Voting Points (First-Place Votes)


Cumberlands (Ky.)

46 (4)


Cumberland (Tenn.)

40 (2)


Pikeville (Ky.)

33 (1)


Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)



Georgetown (Ky.)

26 (1)


Campbellsville (Ky.)



Shawnee State (Ohio)



Thomas More (Ky.)


* First Year of MSC Play