JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's tennis team has announced its 2012-13 schedule, which features a home preseason tournament as part of its fall schedule and seven contests in Jonesboro during the spring.
The Red Wolves will participate in five fall tournaments, including the Kansas Invitational in Lawrence, Kan., slated for Sept. 21-23, the ULL Invitational set for Oct. 5-7, and the SIU Invitational Oct. 14 and the Regional Tournament in Tulsa, Okla., set for Oct. 19-21. ASU will conclude its fall season by hosting its annual home tournament, the ASU Invitational Nov. 2-4.
"I am excited about the start off another year," ASU tennis coach Mariana Engelbrecht said. "It is great to have added one more tournament in the fall and we have a schedule filled with opportunities to position ourselves with a great seed for the conference tournament. We are also excited to be playing all of our home matches at new facility on campus this year."
A-State will open the spring season Jan. 24 against Central Arkansas in Little Rock, followed by its home opener Feb. 1 against Murray State. ASU will open up Sun Belt Conference play at home against Troy Feb. 3, followed by a trip to Florida to play Florida Atlantic Feb. 22 and Florida International Feb. 24. The Red Wolves will also play a neutral site match against St. Johns University at the Florida Atlantic tennis facility Feb. 25.
The month of March will begin with a pair of road matches against Northwestern State March 2 and Lamar on March 3. ASU will then return home for four straight home matches against Evansville March 9, Arkansas-Pine Bluff March 10, Stephen F. Austin March 17 and SIU-Carbondale March 24.
ASU's next five matches will be road contests, starting with an SBC matchup with Louisiana-Lafayette March 29. The Red Wolves will travel to McNeese State on March 31, followed by a neutral site match against Tulane in Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 6. ASU will take on Middle Tennessee on April 7 before wrapping up the road swing in Little Rock with a match against UALR.
Arkansas State will conclude its regular season April 13 with a home match against Louisiana-Monroe before playing in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament April 18-21.