CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina women’s tennis head coach Michaela Kissell-Eddins today released her squad’s 2017 fall schedule, featuring four tournaments, along with the 2018 spring schedule. The major highlight of the fall is the WCU Invitational hosted by the Catamounts Sept. 16-17 at the Catamount Athletic Complex.
"We are really excited about our schedule and the opportunities it presents us this year,” said Kissell-Eddins. “We open the fall for the second year in a row with a home tournament. It turned out great last year and we are looking forward to bringing great tennis to Cullowhee again this fall. After that we will play at Asheville, Wake Forest, and Wofford. Overall the fall will be a great growing opportunity for our team and our freshmen will get the much needed college match experience that will help them be successful in the spring."
The Catamounts will play in four tournaments in the fall including opening the season at home with the WCU Invitational. The two day event is just the second fall event hosted by the Western Carolina women’s tennis program following last season’s WNC Mountain Challenge.
Following the WCU Invitational, the Catamounts will travel to Asheville, N.C., for the WNC Mountain Challenge, which will be hosted by UNC Asheville this season Sept. 23-24.
The fall concludes with a pair of trip in October as the Catamounts travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Wake Forest Invitational Oct. 6-8 before returning to the Wofford Invite in Spartanburg, S.C., Oct. 27-29.
The current spring schedule features nine home matches with the potential of a late season doubleheader being added in the future.
“Obviously the spring is what everybody is working towards and I couldn't be more pleased with how our spring schedule has shaped up,” said Kissell-Eddins. “We kick things off playing a team that's new to our schedule in Lipscomb. It should be a really competitive match and as we learned last year we have to be ready for 4-3 matches right from kickoff weekend. Our first home match will be February 10 and starts a four match home stretch that features Kennesaw State, App State, Presbyterian, and USC Upstate. We've had some great battles with all those teams in the past few years and they should prove really exciting again this year. Then we will head to Orlando for our Spring Break trip. There will be around 100 other teams in the Orlando area at that time and like last year proved we will be in for a lot of great tennis. At this point in the season our team should be battle tested and everyone should be playing their best tennis in time for conference matches to start. Our conference has a great tennis history and each year the field gets deeper and more competitive amongst each other. A lot of the teams will be young this year so it should be a very exciting time in conference play. I know we will have our opportunities in conference and our focus all year will be to prepare ourselves physically and mentally to be able to take advantage of those opportunities. It's an exciting time for WCU tennis and I'm so excited for the girls to start the journey of trying to become the best team we can be."
The spring kicks off with a match against Lipscomb on Jan. 26 in Nashville, Tenn. The Catamounts will then travel in-state for matches at North Carolina A&T (Feb. 2) and North Carolina Central (Feb. 3).
WCU’s home opener will take place Feb. 10 against Kennesaw State at 2 pm which starts a four-match home stand for the Catamounts. Appalachian State (Feb. 17), Presbyterian (Feb. 18) and USC Upstate (Feb. 24) will all visit Cullowhee to battle the Catamounts.
March opens with the Catamounts traveling to Orlando, Fla., for their annual Spring Break trip which will feature three matches against including clashes with Creighton and Niagara. The trip will span March 5-9.
The Bulldogs of UNC Asheville will visit Cullowhee Match 15 before the Catamounts open Southern Conference play on March 17 at UNCG. WCU will play four road conference matches at UNCG (March 17), ETSU (March 21), Samford (March 31) and Chattanooga (April 7). The Catamounts have just three home conference matches with the first coming March 25 against Wofford. Furman (April 4) and Mercer (April 13) will also visit Cullowhee for conference contests.
The 2018 Southern Conference Championships will take place in Chattanooga, Tenn., April 20-22 as WCU seeks its first conference crown in program history.