JONESBORO, Ark. (9/16/09) - The Arkansas State women's tennis program announced its 2009-10 schedule Wednesday, which includes four fall tournaments and five regular season home matches.
ASU's fall schedule begins Sept. 18 in Wichita, Kan. at the Wichita Invitational. The Red Wolves will travel to the ULM Invitational Oct.
9-11 before making the trip to Lawrence, Kan. to compete in the Kansas Invitational Oct. 23-25. Regionals will be held Oct. 21-25 in Norman, Okla.
"We're going to these tournaments to compete against teams in our region," said ASU head coach Marcia Williams. "We had set a goal of getting a regional ranking this year, but it will be hard to do that with several players out with injuries. Wichita State, ULM and KU will have a lot of regional teams, and that has become a focus for us this year instead of only playing schools close to us or in our conference.
This gives us something different and something else to aim for."
Regular season play begins for Arkansas State Friday, Feb. 5 when the Red Wolves take on Sam Houston State in El Paso, Texas. ASU will remain in El Paso to play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi the next day and Texas-El Paso on Sunday.
The Red Wolves' second road trip will come Feb. 12-13 when they travel to Birmingham, Ala. to face Winthrop Friday and Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.
ASU will return to Jonesboro for five consecutive matches beginning Feb. 21 when it hosts Middle Tennessee. The Red Wolves will then face McNeese State, Lamar, Tennessee Tech and Tennessee-Martin in the only home matches of the year. All matches in Jonesboro will be played at Allen Park.
Arkansas State will close out the season with nine consecutive road matches, facing ULM, Louisiana Tech, Troy, Florida Atlantic, Southern University, De Paul University, South Alabama, St. Louis and UALR.
The Sun Belt Conference Tournament will be played April 23-25 in New Orleans, La.
"The tournaments will be good practice, and hopefully we'll get everyone healthy for the regular season," added Williams. "We're ready to get started."