Eagles Release 2009-2010 Men's Tennis Schedule
“The fall season is scheduled to be challenging to give everyone on the team the opportunity to compete in a number of matches before the regular season begins. It also will help give our newcomers a chance to gain competition experience at the collegiate level,” said head coach Justin Miles.
The Eagles open the 2009 fall campaign hosting the Georgia Southern Invitational September 11-13. Georgia Southern then hits the road to finish the fall season, first traveling to Tallahassee, Fla., for the FSU Invitational, October 2-4. Following the FSU Invite, the Eagles take part in the UNF Invitational (Oct. 9-11) before participating in the ITA Regional in Athens, Ga., October 22-26. The fall campaign will close out with the Alabama Invitational, October 31-November 1.
“In order to be well-prepared for the Southern Conference tournament at the end of regular season play, we’ve toughened up the spring schedule and we’re now facing more challenging teams so our team can use the opportunity to strengthen the dynamics of the team,” stated Miles.
Regular-season action begins with four matches on the road for the Eagles, who first travel to Georgia Tech January 17. Georgia Southern then takes on another Atlantic Coast opponent in Florida State, then Florida Gulf Coast and Florida A&M the weekend of January 23 in Tallahassee, Fla.
The home opener is set for Sunday, January 31st when Georgia Southern welcomes USC Upstate to the Hanner Tennis Complex. A three-match road trip follows the home opener as the Eagles travel to take on Bethune-Cookman, Troy State and Central Florida (February 5-7, respectively).
Georgia Southern finishes the month of February with home matches versus Jacksonville (Feb. 13), Hampton (Feb. 21) and North Florida (Feb. 27) before an away match opens conference play at Elon on March 6.
The Eagles then bookend home tilts with Wofford and Furman and Samford and Georgia State around an away series against The Citadel and College of Charleston.
The Eagles close out the month of March with a two-day trip to North Carolina visiting Davidson (March 27) and Appalachian State (March 28). The final month of competition and final homestand of the season begins April 3 with South Carolina State. Georgia Southern will host conference foe UNC Greensboro on April 10th before the Eagles close out the regular season at home on April 17 against UT Chattanooga.
Due to cost-saving considerations, the Southern Conference Championship has been reformatted for the 2009-2010 season with the top four teams at the end of regular season play advancing to the tournament, April 24-25. The tournament will be hosted by the highest seed, with the winner earning the automatic bid to NCAA postseason play.
Eight returnees highlight the 2009-2010 roster for the Eagles, who made four additions to the squad.
- Category: Men's Tennis
- Published on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 19:48