NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Under the guidance of new head coach Peter Arsenault, the Merrimack men's and women's tennis programs have unveiled their respective 2013 fall schedules, as announced today.
Each side's fall slate – the tournament portion of the tennis schedule – features a number of challenging early-season tournaments hosted by prestigious programs, such as Brown University, the University of Connecticut and perennial Division II power Stonehill. Both the men and the women will also participate in the ITA East Regional Championship midway through September, and each will also partake in a number of dual matches, as well.
The men's side, which is coming off a second consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Championship last spring, will open the year from Sept. 13-15 in Providence, R.I., competing in the Brown Invitational against some of the top competition in the Northeast. Then, after a trip to 2013 NCAA Tournament participant Chestnut Hill on Sept. 20, the Warriors will travel to Philadelphia to compete in the ITA East Regional Championship from Sept. 21-23.
The next weekend, the Merrimack men travel to Storrs, Conn., to battle some additional Division I talent in the UConn Invitational. The Navy and Gold conclude the month with back-to-back home matches against Assumption (Sept. 29) and open October with another home tilt against Franklin Pierce (Oct. 1). Then, after competing in the Niagara Duals from Oct. 4-5, the men round out the fall season at Le Moyne on Oct. 6.
The Warrior women begin the fall campaign at the Stonehill Invitational from Sept. 14-15. Then, the Navy and Gold head right to dual match play with back-to-back home matches against Holy Cross (Sept. 17) and Colby-Sawyer (Sept. 18).
After a quick trip to Chestnut Hill on Friday, the women join the men in Philadelphia for the ITA East Regionals from Sept. 21-23. The following weekend brings three consecutive home dual matches for the Warriors, all against Northeast-10 competition, starting with Franklin Pierce, then Saint Rose, and finally Assumption from Sept. 27-29.
Merrimack concludes the fall season at the Niagara Duals (Oct. 4-5) before a road match at Le Moyne the next day.
The full spring schedule for each side will be released later in the fall. The Northeast-10 Championships for both the men and women will be held April 22-27, 2014, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament on the line.