The Alabama women’s tennis team released its 2018-19 schedule Wednesday, which consists of five fall tournaments and 30 dual matches in the spring.
The Crimson Tide will open its fall season at the Rice Invitational in Houston from Sept. 21-23. Following the ITA Riviera All-American Championships (Sept. 29-Oct. 7) and the ITA Southern Regional Championships hosted by Ole Miss (Oct. 12-14), Alabama will host the annual Roberta Alison Fall Classic on Oct. 26-28. This year’s field will feature players from, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Southern Cal, Wisconsin and Tulane, among others.
UA will close its fall season at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Surprise, Ariz., on Nov. 7-11.
Alabama will open its dual-match campaign with a doubleheader on Sunday, Jan. 20 against UAB and Belmont, with another doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Mercer and Alabama A&M.
The Crimson Tide will travel to Santa Barbara, Calif., to compete against UCSB, Gonzaga and Cal Poly on Feb. 1-2. Alabama returns with a five-match home stand when it hosts Georgia State (Feb. 8), UT Martin (Feb. 8), Lipscomb (Feb. 10), Kennesaw State (Feb. 10) and UCF (Feb. 15).
After the annual Blue-Gray Tennis Classic, which features three matches (Feb. 22-24) in Montgomery, UA will open SEC play.
Alabama will visit LSU (March 1) and Texas A&M (March 3) to open league play. UA opens home SEC play against Kentucky (March 8), and Vanderbilt (March 10). Alabama will also have home SEC contests against Auburn (March 22), Georgia (March 29), Tennessee (March 31), Arkansas (April 12) and Missouri (April 14). Alabama will travel to Ole Miss (March 15), Mississippi State (March 17), Florida (April 5), and South Carolina (April 7).
“We’re looking forward to our upcoming 2018-2019 season and all of the opportunities ahead,” coach Jenny Mainz said.
The 2019 SEC Women’s Tennis Championships will be held April 17-21 in College Station, Texas.
Alabama returns seven of eight players from a year ago, including lone senior Andie Daniell. The Crimson Tide roster this year will also feature five juniors and two sophomores, including last year’s Conference USA Freshman of the Year, Moka Ito, who transferred from Western Kentucky.