Women's Tennis Slate Revealed

  • By Katie Kane
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  • June 02, 2011 08:42 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck today announced the schedule for the upcoming 2011-12 women’s tennis season.

“Tina (Samara) has put together an extremely challenging schedule and I think it’s a challenge the student athletes will take to,” says Luck. “In addition to the fall, the spring season will also help the team get ready for the BIG EAST Championships in April.”

“One goal we had in mind as a staff when putting this schedule together was finding tough competition,” says coach Samara. “We are facing the more nationally-ranked opponents on this schedule than we ever have in the history of the program, and we’re giving our fans more opportunities to see the players in action with nine home meets.”

In the fall, the Mountaineers will compete in five invitationals, highlighted by a top-10 national team in Georgia.

The season opens at UNC-Wilmington, Sept. 16-18. The Seahawks closed out the 2010 season with a 22-5 mark and a 74th ranking in the ITA Poll.

Sept. 30 is the start of the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons finished the season ranked No. 61 nationally.
Friday, Oct. 7 the Mountaineers will host the Martha Thorn Invitational in Morgantown. The three day invitational will play host to four teams, including Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Duquesne and Cleveland State.

The following weekend, Oct. 14-16, individuals from WVU will travel to Georgia for the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga. Georgia closed out its season ranked No. 8 nationally in the ITA National Team Rankings.
The ITA Regionals held in Norfolk, Va., Oct. 21-24, will close out the fall portion of the schedule with select individuals competing.

The spring season has 19 meets in store, including seven home contests, against three teams who closed out the 2010 season nationally ranked.
Saturday, Jan. 21 is the spring opener at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes were 57th in the ITA National Team Rankings at the conclusion of last season.

The Mountaineers will play host to Morehead State on Saturday, Jan. 28, marking the first of seven home contests in the spring. The following Tuesday, Jan. 31, WVU travels to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia at Virginia Tech. Virginia is WVU’s highest-ranked opponent of the spring season as it closed out the previous season ranked No. 11 in the ITA National Team Rankings.

WVU will play host to Pitt on Friday, Feb. 3, to Akron on Sunday, Feb. 5 and will host George Washington on Saturday, Feb. 11. Four consecutive road matches will close out the month of February against three BIG EAST opponents including Marquette, Connecticut and Cincinnati and A-10 competitor Dayton.

The Mountaineers open the month of March with two home contests against Syracuse and Duquesne, on March 3 and 7, respectively, before facing Marshall in Huntington on March 11. The Thundering Herd is the final team of the spring schedule to have closed out the 2010 season ranked as it was No. 53 in the ITA National Team Rankings.

WVU’s final pair of home contests fall on March 18 against Eastern Michigan and April 7 against California University of Pennsylvania.

Hosted by USF, the BIG EAST Championships will be held April 19-22 at the Varsity Courts in Tampa, Fla.


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