July 22, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The defending Southeastern Conference Champion women's tennis team announced its 2014-15 schedule on Tuesday, which features seven fall tournaments and dual matches against at least six teams that finished in the top 25 last season.
"We're looking forward to another competitive schedule in 2014-15," said head coach Jenny Mainz. "We'll be tested this fall with some excellent tournaments to better equip our team for the challenging spring season."
The Crimson Tide kicks off its fall slate on Sept. 12, when it splits the squad to take part in both the Baylor HEB Kickoff and the Duke Fab Four Invite. From there, Alabama will head to Greenville, S.C., for the Furman Fall Classic, which runs Sept. 26-28, or the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Los Angeles from Sept. 27-Oct. 5. The Tide then hosts back-to-back tournaments beginning with the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships Oct. 10-13, followed by the Roberta Alison Fall Classic Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The final event of the season will take place Nov. 6-9, at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y.
"We're enthusiastic about hosting two fall events; the 2014 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships and the distinguished Roberta Alison Fall Classic," added Mainz. "Both tournaments boast a deep, capable and talented field."
Alabama opens its dual-match schedule Jan. 16-18, in Tuscaloosa when it hosts the inaugural Mal Moore Invitational, which will feature Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Yale and the host Tide. The following weekend, Syracuse, Princeton and Virginia Tech will travel to Tuscaloosa for ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Alabama will host an additional eight home matches throughout the season including TCU (Jan. 31), Georgia (March 6), Tennessee (March 8), Kentucky (March 27), Vanderbilt (March 29), Auburn (April 4), Arkansas (April 10) and Missouri (April 12).
"We're honored to begin our spring season with the inaugural Mal Moore Invitational, named in memory of the late Coach Moore," said Mainz. "We're privileged to be hosting the 2015 ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a stout group of teams in Princeton, Syracuse and Virginia Tech."
Should the Tide win both of its Kick-Off Weekend matches it will earn a spot in the National Team Indoor Championships, which will run Feb. 6-9, in Charlottesville, Va. Alabama will then take part in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery Feb. 20-22.
"The Blue Gray will showcase some strong out-of-conference match-ups to help prepare us for SEC league play," added Mainz.
The Tide begins its SEC slate in Gainesville, Fla., against Florida on Feb. 27. Alabama will also play road matches at South Carolina (March 1), Ole Miss (March 13), Mississippi State (March 15), LSU (March 20) and Texas A&M (March 22).
The Southeastern Conference Tournament will be held in Columbia, S.C., April 15-19. NCAA first and second rounds will take place May 8-10, at a site to be determined, while the remainder of the tournament will be played in Waco, Texas, at Baylor May 14-25.
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