Women's Tennis Opening Spring Dual Season at Duke in ITA Kick-Off Weekend
June 5, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis women’s tennis team will open its 2015 spring dual season in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)’s Kick-Off Weekend for a second straight season. The annual event, which features the top 60 women’s teams in the country, is hosted at 15 different sites (pods) around the country. Each site plays two rounds of dual matches, with the one undefeated team from each pod advancing to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Virginia, Feb. 6-9th.
In the Thursday morning draft, the Lady Tigers selected the Duke pod, where they will be the No. 2 seed, to open their spring dual season and will face Furman in their season-opening match. Furman capped the 2013-14 season with a 17-6 overall mark and lost 4-3 in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament. The 2015 meeting will be just the second-ever meeting between Memphis and Furman. Memphis won the first meeting between the two teams, 5-4, back in 1998. Louisville will be the fourth team in the pod and will face host Duke in the first round.
This will be the second straight season the women’s tennis program opens their dual season in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in the state of North Carolina. Last year, the Lady Tigers played in the University of North Carolina pod, upending No. 39 ranked VCU, 4-2, before falling to No. 3 North Carolina. Those two nationally-ranked opponents to start the season marked a schedule that featured 14 matches against ranked teams for Memphis.
With the women’s team selecting the Duke pod, it means both the Memphis men’s and women’s tennis teams will open their spring dual season at the Duke pod in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The men’s team, also the No. 2 seed in their pod, will face Clemson in their first round match. Wake Forest rounds out the men’s Duke pod.
Memphis will be one of four American Athletic Conference teams to participate in the ITA’s opening weekend. They are joined in the field by Tulsa, USF and Houston. Tulsa is one of three women’s teams joining the conference in July of 2013.