Women's Tennis Unveils Challenging 2014-15 Schedule
June 18, 2014
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - With a slate that includes 14 NCAA Tournament squads from 2014, Wake Forest women's tennis is set for a challenging schedule during the 2014-15 season as announced by Head Coach Jeff Wyshner.
The Demon Deacons will compete in eight tournaments during the fall and early spring leading up to the dual-match season, including the prestigious Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.
The annual Wake Forest Invitational is set to be held on the Leighton Courts at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex from Oct. 3-5 this fall. Other fall tournaments include the Elon Invitational (Sept. 12-14), William & Mary Invitational (Sept. 19-21), College of Charleston Invitational (Sept. 19-21), the ITA Carolina Regionals (Oct. 16-20) and the Kitty Harrison Invitational (Nov. 7-9).
"Our fall tournament schedule will give us a great opportunity to play against some of the best competition in the country in both a simulated dual match format and in larger open draws depending on the event," Wyshner said. "The different kinds of events against different ranges of opponents will give our freshmen a good introduction to collegiate tennis, and for our returning players, I am excited to match them up against more nationally-ranked competition this fall so that we can hopefully earn some of the ranked wins we'll need individually to improve our own rankings and to qualify individuals in both singles and doubles for next year's NCAA Championships."
Wake Forest will open the spring dual-match season with a doubleheader against College of Charleston and Winthrop at home on Jan. 19. The Deacs defeated the Cougars 6-1 in 2014, but fell in a hotly-contested 4-3 match against the Eagles.
"One unique part of our schedule for next year is the five doubleheaders that we will play," Wyshner said of the style of scheduling. "With collegiate tennis moving forward with a shorter match format that will feature no-ad scoring and hopefully be easier for fans, especially families with children that are learning the game, to enjoy from beginning to end, we have the opportunity to play a few extra matches. That is also a great way to keep a quality non-conference schedule even though the ACC schedule has expanded to 14 matches."
The Demon Deacons will then head south for a pair of non-conference showdowns against Auburn (Jan. 24) and either Georgia or Samford (Jan. 25) as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend before returning home for an eight-match homestand highlighted by a clash with SEC foe LSU on Feb. 13.
Wake Forest will open conference play at home against Clemson on Feb. 22, but will then play its next five ACC matches on the road, including the first-ever conference matchup with newcomer Louisville (March 13).
After running that gauntlet, the Deacons will be rewarded with four of their final five ACC matches at home, with the lone exception being the regular season finale against Duke in Durham, N.C. (April 17).
In total, there are 14 NCAA Tournament teams on the docket for Wake Forest, including four who made the quarterfinals and North Carolina, who was the NCAA runner-up in 2014. Of the 26 matches, 19 will come against teams who were nationally ranked in the final ITA rankings and eight will feature teams who finished in the top 20.
"The spring schedule is a wonderful challenge," Wyshner added. "We'll have to be ready to play every time we step on the court, but this schedule will give us the opportunities we need to put ourselves into the best position heading into the NCAA Championships."
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