Women's Tennis Releases Fall 2012 Schedule
July 18, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis head coach Lee Taylor Walker released the women's tennis team's fall 2012 competition schedule Tuesday, which includes seven tournaments that will put the Tigers up against some of the best competition in the nation. The Lady Tigers' fall slate will include one home tournament, the Memphis Invitational, on Nov. 2-4 at The Racquet Club of Memphis.
Memphis is coming off one of its most successful seasons in school history as the team finished 16-5 and ranked No. 60 in ITA's final standings. Junior Courtney Collins became the first Tiger in school history to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships and also received the highest ranking ever by a Tiger when she reached No. 27 in late March.
"Last year was our best fall season ever, and resulted in having five players in the spring national rankings," said head coach Lee Taylor Walker. "This year's fall schedule presents again more opportunities for this to happen, and with the familiarity and experience gained from last year I am confident the team will do even better."
The U of M will open the season, Sept. 21-26, at the USTA 10k in Amelia Island, Fla. The following week, the team will travel up the coast to Williamsburg, Va., for the USTA 10k from Sept. 28-Oct. 2. During this time, some members of the Lady Tiger team will participate in the All-American Championships in Los Angeles, Calif.
After a two-week break, the team will compete in the ITA Regional, Oct. 18-21, in West Lafayette, Ind., on the campus of Purdue University. The first weekend in November, the Blue and Gray will host the Memphis Invitational that will feature three top-30 teams from 2011-12 in Ole Miss, Tulsa and Vanderbilt. Oklahoma, a top-50 team last season, will also be in attendance.
The Lady Tigers will close out their fall schedule the following weekend with the National Indoor Championships, Nov. 8-11, in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the Dick Vitale Invitational, Nov 9-11, in Sarasota, Fla.
"Last year we won four fall tournaments (MTSU, UTC, Memphis, Sarasota) and were finalists in another," Walker said. "Some of the players have set some lofty goals for the fall and I look forward to helping them reach their goals."