GW Men's Tennis Releases 2014 Schedule
No. 74 Colonials to Face at Least Five Nationally Ranked Opponents This Season
Jan. 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - After reaching the Atlantic 10 Championship title match for the fourth straight year, the George Washington men's tennis team has compiled a demanding slate for its 2014 spring season, eighth-year Head Coach Greg Munoz announced today.
Looking to remain in the top 75 after debuting at No. 74 in the first ITA rankings of the 2014 preseason, the Colonials have put together a competitive schedule that features four NCAA Championship qualifiers and at least five opponents with a top-70 national ranking.
"This is by far the toughest schedule with have ever put together. We will face teams such as Wake Forest and LSU, and having BYU come to us this year is a sign that our program keeps pushing in the right direction," said Coach Munoz. "Our goal is earn a top-40 ranking this year and we have a schedule that can get us there."
The Colonials open the season on Monday, Jan. 20 against 2013 NCAA qualifier BYU at Navy in Annapolis, Md., with a match at 10:30 a.m. The Buff and Blue compete against their first nationally ranked opponent when they travel to face No. 53 Cornell on Jan. 26 with an 11 a.m. match in Ithaca, N.Y., then head to nearby St. John's in Queens on Sunday, Feb. 9.
From Friday, Feb. 14 - Sunday, Feb. 16 GW will compete in the ECAC Indoor Championships, hosted by Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. The squad then opens an eight-match road swing - which includes a Spring Break trip to Louisiana - beginning with an 11 a.m. contest at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday, Feb. 23. The Colonials head to Charlotte, N.C., to take on former Atlantic 10 foe Charlotte at 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, followed by a 12 p.m. match at NCAA contender No. 44 UNC-Wilmington in Wilmington, N.C., on Saturday, March 1 and a 12 p.m. match at East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., on Sunday, March. 2.
GW will face Navy in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday March 8 at 12 p.m. before heading south for its Spring Break swing. The Colonials will first take on Louisiana-Lafayette at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, then face back-to-back nationally ranked competition at No. 68 Tulane on Wednesday, March 12 at 3 p.m. and at NCAA Championship qualifier No. 24 LSU at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 13.
GW opens its home slate at the newly renovated and resurfaced GW Tennis Center on the Mount Vernon Campus on Saturday, March 22 with a double header against South Alabama (10 a.m.) and Morgan State (3 p.m.).
"Our new courts have really livened up the facility and our practices are more intense than ever," said Munoz. "The GW Tennis Center is a wonderful place to compete and practice and we look forward to hosting some exciting matches this year."
The Colonials head to nearby Baltimore to face UMBC at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 before returning home to host conference opponents Fordham on Friday, April 4 and Richmond on Saturday, April 5 in a pair of noon matches. The Colonials wrap the three-day weekend at NCAA tournament qualifier No. 19 Wake Forest on Sunday, April 6 with a 4 p.m. match in Winston-Salem, N.C.
GW welcomes District rival Georgetown for its final home match and Senior Day contest on Friday, April 11 at 12 p.m. before wrapping the regular season at A-10 newcomer George Mason in Fairfax, Va., for the Revolutionary Rivalry match on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m.
Following a two-year stint in Mason Ohio at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, the Colonials head to the indoor Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va., for the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships from Thursday, April 17 - Sunday, April 20. The Colonials, who are three-time conference champions (2012, 2011, 1979), look to reach their fifth consecutive A-10 Championship title match this spring.