Sept. 8, 2011
CLEMSON, SC – Women’s Tennis Coach Nancy Harris announced the 2011-12 schedule for her team on Wednesday. The slate includes six tournaments in the fall and at least 22 dual matches in the spring.
Clemson routinely plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation, and this year will be no exception. Of the 22 dual match opponents, eight finished the season inside the top-16 nationally. In fact, seven of the top 15 teams overall hail from the ACC.
The Tigers open the fall season at the Furman Fall Classic, which is a flighted tournament held in Greenville, SC. A few of the Tigers will also take part in the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, CA. Also on the slate are the ITA Carolina Region Championships held in Chapel Hill, NC, and the ITA National Indoors, as well as the Lakewood Ranch Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Bradenton, FL, which concludes fall play on Nov. 13.
The only home date on the fall schedule will be the First Annual Duckworth Fall Classic, held from Oct. 28-30 in Clemson. Fall results count toward individual records, but not toward the team dual match record.
Clemson opens the spring season with seven straight dual matches and the Clemson winter Classic before the third round ITA National Team Indoors on Feb. 10.
Clemson will again play host to ITA Kickoff Weekend, rounds one and two of the Team National Indoor Championships, on January 28-29. Clemson will be the top seed, and will get a visit from Kansas State, Wake Forest, and Purdue.
The Tigers will then host the second annual Clemson Winter Classic, which will be flighted and feature players from Clemson, Kentucky, Troy, Memphis, Armstrong Atlantic, and Charleston Southern.
Historically, Clemson moves outdoors after the Team Nationals, held this year in Charlottesville, VA. The Tigers will open with eight of their first duals outdoors on the road. Clemson and South Carolina play in Columbia to start the stretch on Feb. 22, followed by a murderer’s row of No. 8 Georgia, No. 7 Miami, No. 13 Georgia Tech No. 15 Florida State, Furman, and No. 6 Baylor.
The only match held in Clemson will be the FSU match on Mar. 10. Clemson returns home on Mar. 30 and Apr. 1 to take on No. 3 Duke and No. 4 North Carolina in Clemson. The Tigers then play at No. 11 Virginia and Virginia Tech, before closing the season at home with Wake Forest and NC State on April 15.
ACC Championships in Cary, NC will take place from Apr. 19-22, and NCAA Tournament play begins May 11-12. The Sweet 16 an Individual National Championships will take place in Athens, GA until May 28.
Clemson went 21-11 last season, including a fifth straight trip to the NCAA Sweet16. Additionally, Josipa Bek and Keri Wong reached the NCAA Doubles Championship match, and closed the year ranked No. 3 in the nation in doubles. Both are back, along with some new faces in the lineup.
2011-12 Clemson Women’s Tennis Schedule
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