GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman women's tennis coach Debbie Southern announced today the team's schedule for the 2014 season.
"Our 2014 schedule will offer many challenges and opportunities to our team, providing a realistic measuring stick for us," said Southern. "Our three freshmen will need to become seasoned quickly as we face powerhouses Duke, Georgia and South Carolina in the first few weeks of competition. Our spring break trip to San Diego will give us three quality matches on the West Coast against traditionally ranked teams. By mid-March we should be prepared and ready for a run at the Southern Conference title!"
The Paladins will open the season January 28 at South Carolina then return to Greenville for the team's home opener against East Tennessee State on January 30. In February, Furman will travel to Duke and Georgia and face regional foes Charlotte, UNC Wilmington, and East Carolina at home.
Before opening the Southern Conference spring schedule, the Paladins will play in-state foe Winthrop plus UCF at the Mickel Tennis Center then take a trip to California in March to play Cal State Fullerton and San Diego in San Diego and UC Irvine in Irvine.
The Paladins' first three conference matches will be on the road, as Furman travels to Elon on March 21, UNC Greensboro on March 22, and Western Carolina on March 25. Furman's first home league contest will be against Appalachian State on March 26. The Paladins will honor the team's seniors in their final home match on April 11, when Furman takes on Davidson.
The Southern Conference Tournament is slated for April 17-19 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Furman returns five players from last season's team that posted a 14-9 overall record and an 8-2 mark in Southern Conference play. Head coach Debbie Southern, who is entering her 30th season with the Paladins, guided the team to the semifinals of the league tournament in 2012. Alex Moreno-Kaste, Kelly Sullivan, Katherine Oudin, and Margaret Boyette return after being named to the All-Southern Conference Team last season.