Kansas Tennis to Tangle with Top Teams in 2013-14
|2013-14 Tennis Schedule|
|9/13-15||at Midland Invitational|
|9/29-10/1||at ITA All-American|
|10/11-13||at Arizona Invitational|
|10/17-21||at ITA Regionals|
|1/17-19||at Purdue Invitational|
|2/21||at Eastern Kentucky|
|3/8||at Oral Roberts|
|3/14||at Iowa State*|
|3/16||at West Virginia*|
|3/21||at Central Florida|
|4/11||at Texas Tech*|
|4/24-27||Big 12 Championships (at TCU)|
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Four Top 20 teams headline Kansas women’s tennis’ 2013-14 schedule, which was released Thursday. Head coach Todd Chapman, who is in his first year at the helm of the program, will lead the Jayhawks in one of the toughest schedules in program history as it includes nine teams who played in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
The nine 2013 NCAA participants who play on 2013-14 KU schedule include: Nebraska (Jan. 31), Tulsa (March 8), Indiana (March 20), Oklahoma State (March 28), Oklahoma (March 30), Baylor (April 4), Texas (April 6), Texas Tech (April 11) and TCU (April 13). TCU, Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech all advanced to the second round of the tournament while Nebraska made it to the Round of 16.
“I feel like we have a good balance within our schedule,” Chapman said. “I feel like it’s a schedule that gives us a chance to reach the goals we have set.”
Coming off an 11-10 season (2-7 in Big 12 play), the Jayhawks return seven of nine players from last season. The tennis team welcomes back four seniors – Claire Dreyer, Paulina Los, Dylan Windom and Amy Barnthouse.
The team will kick off their season this fall with four invitationals, including the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals at Oklahoma (Oct. 17-21) where last year, rising sophomore Maria Jose Cardona reached the quarterfinals.
“In the fall, my approach is putting our girls in as many tough match situations as possible,” said Chapman. “Some coaches may look for an easier schedule where players get a lot of confidence in their fall matches. My belief is whether it’s the fall or a non-conference schedule at the beginning of the spring, our goal is to prepare for the conference season.”
Kansas will open spring play at the Purdue Invitational (Jan. 17-19) followed by their first dual at high ranked Nebraska (Jan. 31), who reached the Round of 16 in the 2013 NCAA tournament and was ranked as high as No. 6 in ITA rankings last season.
Big 12 play will begin for KU at Iowa State (March 14). Last season, Kansas cruised past Iowa State (4-1) in the Big 12 tournament. Later, the Jayhawks fell to top-seeded Baylor in the quarterfinals.
“The nice thing is that it’s a league I’ve been in for the last four years and I know it very well,” said Chapman, who was the assistant coach at Texas Tech prior to taking the position at KU. “I think experience helps me out as a head coach as far as the preparation we need to have before our conference schedule.”
Kansas will open its season this fall at the Midland Invitational (Sept. 13-15) in Midland, Texas. KU’s match on its home turf at the Jayhawk Tennis Center will be versus Liberty (Feb.2 ).
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