Trips to California and Hawaii Highlight Men's Tennis Spring Schedule
St. Louis, Mo., October 24, 2012 – An opportunity to play in the 124th Annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship in California and a spring break trip to Hawaii highlight the 2013 Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis spring schedule, as announced Wednesday by head coach Roger Follmer.
“This is an amazing spring schedule we have for our program,” said Follmer, the 2006 and 2009 ITA/Wilson Division III National Coach of the Year. “The opportunity to play in the 124th Annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in California, plus traveling to Hawaii for our spring break trip, it really doesn’t get any better than that.”
The Bears will play 19 matches in the spring season, with 12 of those being against teams ranked in the final 2012 poll. Washington University’s schedule features one NAIA, eight Division II and 10 Division III opponents.
Washington University opens the season with a pair of matches against Division II opponents Drury University on Feb. 9 and Southwest Baptist University on Feb. 16. The following weekend, Washington U. will take on a pair of Division III ranked teams DePauw University and Case Western Reserve University in Greencastle, Ind., on Feb. 23-24.
The Bears will be on the road for most of the month of March. Washington U. participates in the 124th Annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship in La Jolla, Calif., from March 1-3, and then will play four matches in Hawaii during spring break. The Bears take on Division II powerhouses BYU-Hawaii on March 13 and Hawaii Pacific University on March 15, in addition to a pair of Division III ranked teams, Whitman College on March 15 and Whittier College on March 16.
Washington U. returns home to take on Webster University on March 21, for the first of the final 10 matches of the season at the Tao Tennis Center. The Bears will play five home matches in a span of six days from April 10-15, highlighted by back-to-back matches against University of Chicago and Gustavus Adolphus University on April 13 and 14.
Washington U. concludes play in the spring at the 2012 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships on April 26-28, in Orlando, Fla. Emory University is the three-time defending conference champion.