THE FLATS – Coming off a run to the NCAA Championships semifinals last season, the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team kicks off a challenging 2018-19 schedule in September. The Yellow Jackets will play six tournaments in the fall before spring competition.
The fall portion of the schedule begins with split squads at the Duke Invitational (Durham, N.C.) and the inaugural ITA Hall of Fame Classic (Williamsburg, Va.), both Sept. 14-16. Following the season-opening weekend, qualifiers will head to California for the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships beginning Sept. 29. For the 34th consecutive year, the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades will host the competitive tournament.
Upon return from California, Tech will host one of 12 ITA Division I Women’s Regional Championships, running from Oct. 18-22 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Regional doubles champions and regional singles champions and finalists will qualify for the season-ending Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Jackets will wrap up the fall portion of the schedule competing in the June Stewart Invitational, Oct. 26-28 in Nashville, Tenn., and the Auburn Invitational, Nov. 2-4.
Tech will open the spring slate appearing in the MLK Invitational (Jan. 18-21) in Ann Arbor, Mich., before playing host to Auburn, Kentucky and Ohio State for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Jan. 25-27 in Atlanta.
Dual competition will begin on Jan. 30 when the Jackets welcome Texas Tech, followed by Winthrop, on Feb. 2. After the brief stay at home, Tech will head back out west to Seattle, Wash., for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Feb. 8-11.
The Jackets will open a three-match homestand after Indoors, welcoming Georgia State (Feb. 15), Northwestern (Feb. 18) and ACC foe Pittsburgh (Feb. 22). Tech will travel to Athens, Ga., on Feb. 24 to face in-state rival Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex to conclude non-conference play.
Tech will continue the road swing visiting Duke on March 1 before returning to The Flats to welcome Syracuse on March 3. After hosting the Orange, the Jackets will travel to meet Wake Forest (March 8) and Louisville (March 10). Florida State will make a quick trip to Atlanta on March 15 before Tech heads to Florida to face Miami on March 17.
Virginia Tech and Boston College visit The Flats on March 22 and 24, respectively, before Tech concludes the month of March visiting Notre Dame (March 29) and Virginia (March 31).
The Jackets will play their final ACC road match at Clemson on April 7 before concluding league play at home against North Carolina (April 12) and NC State (April 14).
The ACC Tournament will take place April 17-21 in Cary, N.C. NCAA Regionals will run from May 10-12 with the NCAA Championships May 16-25 in Orlando, Fla.
Tech returns four letterwinners from last season’s squad that posted a 25-6 overall record and made just the program’s second appearance in the NCAA Championships semifinals. Three newcomers join the squad in Valeriya Deminova, Baijing Lin and Dalila Said.