MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has announced the 2014 spring women's tennis schedule.
“Our spring schedule allows coach Miha Lisac to continue his mission of building our women’s tennis program, while competing in one of the toughest conferences in the country,” says Luck. “We are pleased to host nine home matches this spring, and to face off against seven programs ranked in the USTA/ITA Preseason Top 50.”
Six of the seven meets the Mountaineers compete in against the USTA/ITA Preseason Top 50 come in Big 12 Conference play, two of which are at home. All home meets will be held at Ridgeview Racquet Club.
“Upon completing the fall competition and going into the off-season, we are beginning to prepare and are looking forward to the spring portion of the season,” says Lisac. “We have tough competition coming up before and during the Big 12 portion of the schedule. The focus remains on getting better as we go through our first year together.”
WVU opens the spring season at home against Akron on Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. The Mountaineers then hit the road on Jan. 25, to take on Liberty in Charleston, W.Va. WVU remains on the road against in-state foe Marshall on Feb. 1.
The Mountaineers return to Morgantown on Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. against California-Pennsylvania. Nonconference play continues in Norfolk, Va., when WVU takes on Richmond on Feb. 14 and Old Dominion on Feb. 15. The month ends with the Mountaineers hosting Buffalo at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22.
In March, WVU travels to No. 47 Penn State on the 2nd. The Mountaineers’ final nonconference match is against Cornell at Ridgeview Racquet Club at 2 p.m.
Big 12 Conference play starts for WVU with No. 54 Kansas State coming to Morgantown on March 14 at 1 p.m. The Mountaineers then host Kansas on March 16 at 11 a.m.
WVU hits the road on March 21 against No. 20 Baylor and then to No. 17 Texas at noon on March 23. The Mountaineers come back home on March 28 against No. 18 Texas Tech at 1 p.m. and then welcome No. 30 TCU on March 30 at 10 a.m.
The final road trip of the season for WVU begins with No. 35 Oklahoma on April 4 and concludes at No. 28 Oklahoma State on April 6.
The Mountaineers wrap up regular-season play at home against Iowa State on April 13 at 11 a.m.
The Big 12 Championship will be in Fort Worth, Texas, from April 24-27.
WVU completed its fall schedule last weekend at the Big Green Invite in Hanover, N.H. Sophomore Hailey Barrett
led the Mountaineers with two victories in singles play.
At the end of the fall, freshman Kaja Mrgole
leads the team with six wins in singles play. Last spring's top duo of Barrett and junior Ikttesh Chahal
and the freshmen tandem of Mrgole and Oana Manole
sit atop the team with five victories each.