Men's Tennis Slate Unveiled for 2014-15 Campaign
Billy Pate, embarking on his third season leading the Princeton men's tennis program, has announced the team's slate of tournaments and dual matches for the 2014-15 season.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with our schedule this year in terms of the variety of teams and the level of the competition," Pate said. "It will be an exceptionally challenging task in many ways, but our goal will always be to play as national a schedule as we can based on the skill set and depth of our roster. With four talented newcomers, along with getting two guys back that weren’t playing last year, we expect to be deep and balanced. Clearly, that will be an essential element if we are to be successful against the array of outstanding teams we will face. Most important, the opportunities we have in front of us will allow us, if successful, to achieve the type of lofty goals we have set forth. Our young men are looking forward to kicking off the fall season and it will be interesting to see how sharp they are. It’s been an exceptionally beneficial summer for many of our returners as they have spent a great deal of time on the court, in the gym and getting top-flight competition in numerous events.”
|2014-15 Princeton Men's Tennis Schedule • By The Numbers|
|46||This year's Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational will be the 46th in that tournament's history|
|5||2014 NCAA tournament teams already on the dual-meet schedule (Denver, Penn State, Army, Harvard, Columbia) excluding possible in-season tournament opponents|
|10||2014 NCAA tournament teams competing in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic and the University of San Diego Challenge, two pre-conference tournaments on the slate for Princeton|
|7||Fall weekends on which Princeton will have individual tournaments|
|26||Regular-season dual matches on the schedule|
|10||States, at minimum, that will host Princeton men's tennis competitions, a range that includes matches in all four time zones in the continental U.S.|
Princeton will open the fall with the 46th Princeton/Farnsworth Invitational Sept. 19-21 on campus as it takes on an "Ivy-Plus" format with full squads from all eight Ivy teams plus players from schools including Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Iowa, Tulane, Pepperdine and more.
The following weekend will split the Tigers, with some heading to the Penn Invitational and others to Alabama for the Crimson Tide Four in the Fall event, a new entry into the team's annual calendar. While the ITA All-America tournament is underway in Oklahoma, Princeton will send players to the Virginia Fall Classic on the first weekend of October before the USTA/ITA Regionals in New York two weekends later. As the fall season heads to a close, Princeton will compete in a pair of Florida-based tournaments while October turns to November, including the USTA Clay Courts in Orlando and the Florida Gulf Coast Fall Invitational in Fort Myers. The fall season will wrap with the Lakewood Ranch Invitational in Sarasota, Florida, along with the USTA/ITA National Indoors, should Tiger players qualify.
Princeton will head to Penn for a scrimmage on Jan. 25 with the spring dual-match schedule opening in earnest with a trip to Colorado for matches against Air Force and Denver on Jan. 30 and 31. The Tigers will return home for matches in Jadwin Gym against William & Mary, Bucknell and Furman on the first weekend of February.
The middle of February will bring tournament play, with Princeton heading to New York for the annual ECAC Championship Feb. 13-15 followed by a return trip to the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Alabama Feb. 20-22. Of the eight teams in the field, Princeton and six others (Alabama, Auburn, Boise State, Clemson, Mississippi State and Texas Tech) are returners from the 2013 event, with South Florida replacing VCU.
Late February and early March will see five more area dual matches, with Princeton heading to Penn State Feb. 28 with Buffalo and Monmouth (March 1) and Binghamton and Army (March 8) coming to Jadwin Gym. Princeton will return to the University of San Diego Challenge for the spring trip and the last set of matches before the Ivy slate begins. The USD event will feature Denver, Drake, Harvard, Indiana, Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State along with Princeton and host USD.
In league play, Princeton will have Penn (March 28), Harvard and Dartmouth (April 11-12), and Columbia (April 19) at home while heading to Yale and Brown (April 4-5) and Cornell (April 17).