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Challenging schedule awaits Badgers in 2014-15


Samara

Aug. 8, 2014

MADISON, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team announced its 2014-15 schedule Friday, which begins with three fall tournaments and finishes with the always challenging Big Ten slate.

In year two under head coach Tina Samara, the Badgers will host a total of 11 matches at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and are scheduled to face at least four teams who qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

"I’m excited about this schedule and I think it gives us a chance to be really competitive,” Samara said. “We will see some of the top players at the UGA Invite which will give us a good gauge in the fall. We start the spring season with a bunch of home matches which will be nice. I think the trip down to New Orleans where we are playing Tulane and another quality opponent we’re still working on will be a really good experience for us.

"We're always going to have a competitive Big Ten schedule, so this is a good way to ease in a little since we have a young team with four new players. I've always leaned toward scheduling the best teams I can, but this year's schedule is well suited to prepare this year's team for Big Ten play."

The Badgers will spend the fall season competing in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, the Gopher Invite in Minneapolis and the UGA Invite in Athens, Georgia, in addition to the All-Americans and the ITA Regionals.

UW’s spring slate opens with six straight home matches at Nielsen Tennis Stadium beginning with Drake on Jan. 24. Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green visit Madison before the annual match with rival Marquette on Feb. 8. Wisconsin has won 12 of the last 13 matches against the Golden Eagles, including a 5-2 victory last season in Samara’s Badgers debut.

Home matches against Akron and Utah State on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15 round out the six-match homestand before Wisconsin takes to the road for nine straight contests.

On Feb. 28 the Badgers will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana, for a pair of matches against host Tulane as well as an opponent yet to be named. UW will then take another two-match trip to Oxford, Ohio, to face Illinois State and host Miami University on March 7-8.

The Big Ten conference schedule opens on a high note as the Badgers travel to rival Minnesota on March 13. Last season the Gophers snuck out a pair of tightly-contested 4-3 matches over UW.

Trips to Michigan State, reigning Big Ten champion Michigan and new Big Ten members Maryland and Rutgers close out the month of March. Wisconsin will host Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, 2014 Big Ten Tournament champion Northwestern and Indiana at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on each of the first three weekends of April before closing the regular-season schedule at Purdue on April 19.

Lincoln, Nebraska will host the 2015 Big Ten Tournament from April 23-26. The NCAA tournament begins on April 30.

Wisconsin 2014-15 Women's Tennis Schedule
Day
Date
Opponent Location
Fri. Sept. 12 at Milwaukee Classic Milwaukee, Wis.
Fri. Sept. 19 at Gopher Invite Minneapolis, Minn.
Sat. Sept. 27-Oct. 5 at All-American
Fri. Oct. 10 at UGA Invite Athens, Ga.
Fri. Oct. 17 at ITA Regionals Champaign, Ill.
SAT. JAN. 24 DRAKE NIELSEN
SUN. FEB. 1 EASTERN MICHIGAN NIELSEN
SAT. FEB. 7 BOWLING GREEN NIELSEN
SUN. FEB. 8 MARQUETTE NIELSEN
FRI. FEB. 13 AKRON NIELSEN
SUN. FEB. 15 UTAH STATE NIELSEN
Sat. Feb. 28 at Tulane New Orleans, La.
Sun. March 1 TBD New Orleans, La.
Sat. March 7 vs. Illinois State Oxford, Ohio
Sun. March 8 at Miami (Ohio) Oxford, Ohio
Fri. March 13 at Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn.
Sat. March 21 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich.
Sun. March 22 at Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sat. March 28 at Maryland College Park, Mary.
Sun. March 29 at Rutgers Piscataway, N.J.
FRI. APRIL 3 NEBRASKA NIELSEN
SUN. APRIL 5 IOWA NIELSEN
FRI. APRIL 10 ILLINOIS NIELSEN
SUN. APRIL 12 NORTHWESTERN NIELSEN
FRI. APRIL 17 INDIANA NIELSEN
Sun. April 19 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind.
Thu. April 23-26 at Big Ten Tournament Lincoln, Neb.
Thu. April 30-May 3 at NCAA Tournament
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