Aug 21, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. -The Mizzou tennis team will face at least 12 NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and host nine regular season matches and the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championship, as the tentative 2013-14 schedule was announced on Wednesday.
"We are excited to get out on the court and begin our second year in the SEC," Head Coach Sasha Schmid said. "This is another challenging schedule for us; we play 17 teams that were ranked at the end of 2012 and 12 teams that made last year's NCAA Tournament. But I feel we're up to the challenge.
"We are especially excited and honored to host the 2013 SEC Championship in April. The tournament features some of the best tennis programs and players in the nation and should be a great opportunity for fans to experience SEC tennis."
Missouri opens up the 2013 fall season with the Mizzou Tennis Invite in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 20-22. The squad will then play in the ITA Central Regionals, Oct. 17-21, in Norman, Okla. The Tigers close out the fall season at the Midwest Blast in Champaign, Ill., Nov. 1-3.
Following a two-month break, the Tigers return to the court on Monday, Jan. 20 with a doubleheader at the Green Tennis Center. Mizzou opens with Saint Louis at 11 a.m., before a 5 p.m. match with Southern Illinois.
For the third year in a row, Missouri was selected to participate in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, based on final ITA rankings from the 2012-13 campaign. As the No. 2 seed at the Gainesville, Fla., site, the Tigers open the weekend against Harvard on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. ET. Mizzou will then either face top-seed Florida or Louisville on Jan. 26. The team that wins both its matches will advance to the ITA Indoor Championships, slated for Feb. 7-10 in Charlottesville, Va.
The Tigers then kick-off at six-game dual match road trip at North Carolina State on Feb. 1 in Raleigh, N.C. Following a match at Wake Forest on Feb. 2, Mizzou heads to Wichita, Kan., to face Wichita State on Feb. 16. Mizzou then travels back to Florida for contests at Central Florida (Feb. 23) and South Florida (Feb. 25).
Missouri officially opens SEC play on Feb. 28 with a match against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., before heading back to Gainesville, Fla., to face the Florida Gators on March 2.
After almost a two month absence, Mizzou returns home to for a four-match homestand. The Tigers host Vanderbilt (March 7), Kentucky (March 9), LSU (March 14) and Arkansas (March 16).
Following a six-match swing on the road to Texas A&M (March 23), Rice (March 25), Tennessee (March 28), Georgia (March 30), Auburn (April 4) and Alabama (April 6), Mizzou concludes the regular season with three contests at home. The Tigers host Mississippi State on April 11, before a doubleheader on April 13 against Ole Miss (1 p.m. ) and UMKC (5 p.m.).
Missouri then hosts the SEC Championship April 16-20. The event stands as the second SEC championship event hosted by the University, joining the 2013 SEC Track & Field Championships in May.
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