DURHAM, N.C. - Duke women's tennis head coach Jamie Ashworth has announced the release of the 2012-2013 schedule. The Blue Devils will be represented at six tournaments this fall before kicking off its spring regular season in early January.
"We definitely have one of the toughest schedules in the country and that is something that we really pride ourselves on," Ashworth said. "In order for us to be the best we have to compete against the best day in and day out and I know that this schedule will provide us with those opportunities."
The fall season will open with Duke serving as the host at the Duke Invitational in Cary, N.C. Sept. 14-16. Duke will also compete at the Riviera All-American, ITA Regionals, USTA Invitational and the ITA National Indoors. The fall season will conclude in Chapel Hill, N.C. at the Kitty Harrison Invitational Nov. 9-11.
The team will pick back up on Jan. 9-10 with the spring season opener, the Hawaii Invitational, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The early spring season is also highlighted by a trip to the ITA National Team Indoors Feb. 8-11 in Charlottesville, Va., where the Blue Devils finished second in 2012. The 2012 squad defeated Mississippi, Michigan and California on its way to the finals before losing to then No. 4 UCLA.
"The National Team Indoor Championships is the toughest team tournament there is other than the NCAA Championships." said Ashworth. "It is a great chance to see our team compete in a tournament setting before we begin our long stretch of dual matches from February until the ACC Tournament in April."
Duke will host eight dual matches between Feb. 17 and April 21 in addition to playing 10 dual matches on the road. Of the 18 dual matches in the spring, 11 will be against teams who were ranked in the final ITA rankings of 2012, including a 2012 NCAA tournament semifinal re-match against defending national champion Florida on Feb. 17 in Durham, N.C.
"We are extremely excited about the schedule we have set up for the 2012-2013 season," Ashworth said. "We have eight teams that finished in the top 25 of last year's final rankings and our home schedule is highlighted by a match with No. 1 ranked Florida which will be a rematch of our 4-3 loss in last year's NCAA tournament semifinals."
The ACC Tournament will be hosted in Cary, N.C. April 25-28, 2013.
Opponents Ranked in 2012 ITA Final Top 70 (Duke 3rd)
8. North Carolina
9. University of Miami
19. Notre Dame
40. Florida State