Aug. 5, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The four-time defending Big Ten champion University of Michigan women's team will host 10 dual matches, including the ITA Kick-Off, and three tournaments at the Varsity Tennis as part of the 2013-14 schedule released today (Monday, Aug. 5).
"We are really excited about our schedule this year," head coach Ronni Bernstein said. "We start the year off with a competitive fall schedule to prepare ourselves for the dual-match season. I think that our schedule, top to bottom, is once again one of the toughest schedules in the country. We want to play the best competition every year so that when postseason play comes around, we are ready to perform at the highest level."
U-M will kick off the fall season by hosting the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 20-22), with Arizona State, Notre Dame, Purdue, DePaul and Tulane joining the Maize and Blue at the Varsity Tennis Center. For the first time since the 2010-11 season, the VTC will play host to the six-day ITA Midwest Regional Championships (Oct. 10-15), with berths to the ITA National Indoor Championships (Nov. 7-10) on the line.
Michigan wraps up tournament action with the Michigan Invitational in January (18-20), playing Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and South Florida in round-robin action.
For the fourth straight season, Michigan will host an ITA Kick-Off event, squaring off against Virginia Tech in the opening match (Jan. 25). Yale and Tulsa join the field, with the winner moving on to the National Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 7-10) in Charlottesville, Va.
U-M's schedule features nine NCAA Tournament teams from 2012-13, including four Big Ten teams that made the tournament last season. This year's Big Ten Tournament will be held at Northwestern (April 24-27), with NCAA Tournament action beginning May 9-11 at campus sites.
The remainder of the NCAA Tournament (May 15-20) and the individual tournaments (May 21-25) will be held at the University of Georgia.
Michigan welcomes back six letterwinners from last year's team that finished 23-6 and won its fourth straight Big Ten title. U-M made its fourth consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and had two All-Americans in senior Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) and junior Emina Bektas (Indianapolis, Ind./New Braunfels).
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