Aug. 29, 2007
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ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - The UCF women's tennis team announced its 2007-08 schedule Wednesday, and the Knights will be opening the spring campaign with a very tough slate. In all, UCF has 11 home dual matches on tap for this year, and will face seven programs that ventured to the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
"I'm very excited about the strength of our schedule," said first year head coach Stephanie Nickitas. "I'm also happy how we were able to add two tournaments recently to our individual events, which will give our players the opportunity to compete against teams from all over the country."
The fall tournament schedule includes trips to the Rollins Invitational, the ITA Regional hosted by Georgia and the Florida State Invitational. When January rolls around, the Knights wrap up their fourth in-season tournament when they head to Ft. Myers, Fla., for the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament, where UCF will be joined by teams such as Wichita State, Ohio State and Dartmouth.
The UCF dual-match season kicks off Jan. 24 at Florida, which finished 2006-07 at No. 6 in the country. The trip to Gainesville begins a stretch where six of the Knights' first nine matches are against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. UCF opens the month of February with its home opener vs. Florida Gulf Coast Feb. 3, then journeys to No. 19 Florida State Feb. 9, Florida A&M Feb. 10, No. 9 Miami Feb. 16 and No. 30 Florida International Feb. 17.
After meeting up with North Florida at home Feb. 20, UCF takes on Jacksonville on the Dolphins' home courts Feb. 23 and welcomes No. 28 USF to Orlando Feb. 27. The Knights also will be home for the majority of March, hosting Florida Atlantic, Tennessee Tech, Syracuse, Dartmouth, No. 44 Tulsa, UTEP and Wisconsin. They finish the home schedule April 11 with cross-town rival Stetson.
Meanwhile, UCF will have two Conference USA regular-season road trips to contend with. The first occurs March 10-11 vs. Houston and Rice, and the Knights also travel to Memphis, Tenn., to go up against UAB and Memphis April 4-5. UCF will make a return trip to Houston for the C-USA Championships, which are being hosted by the University of Houston.
UCF concluded 2006-07 with an 11-8 record, and went 1-1 in the conference tournament, defeating East Carolina, 4-0, before falling to eventual champion Tulsa, 4-1.
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