Women's Tennis Releases 2010-11 Schedule
Aug. 9, 2010
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne women's tennis head coach Joe Camillo announced the details of his squad's upcoming 2010-11 schedule today. The fall season is highlighted by three tournaments, while the spring season will feature a 17-match slate.
"The team and I are excited for the season to start," said Camillo. "We definitely wanted to increase the level of competition in both the fall and spring seasons leading up to the A-10 Championship."
The Fall 2010 season begins with a two-day stint in Morgantown, W.Va. for the WVU Martha Thorn Invitational on Sept. 11 and 12. The Dukes had success last season at the event, sweeping the "B Flight" in singles and doubles.
The following weekend, DU will spend three days in Lewisburg, Pa. for the Bucknell Invitational. Last season, at least one Duquesne player was in the finals - both singles and doubles - of all three flights.
The fall season wraps up Oct. 8 and 9 in Toledo, Ohio for the Rocket Invitational. This marks the first time since 2002 that the Dukes have participated in the two-day event.
The spring 2011 season opens up at the Club Sport and Health in Monroeville, Pa versus California, Pa. on Feb. 1. The Vulcans are coming off a 24-6 season where they were Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions and made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Duquesne will go head-to-head against Toledo when the Dukes host the Rockets on Feb. 4. UT is coming off a 12-7 season in which they finished fourth in the Mid-American Conference.
The opening home stand closes on Feb. 5 against Bucknell. The Dukes have defeated the Bison in three of the past four matches.
The conference opener will be Feb. 11 at St. Bonaventure. DU has won 18 straight matches over the Bonnies dating back to Oct. 10, 1997.
Duquesne will remain in the Empire State as they visit Colgate Feb. 12. This is the first meeting between the Dukes and Raiders since 1995.
DU returns home for a pair of matches - Feb. 16 against Youngstown State and a conference matchup with George Washington on Feb. 20. The Dukes have had the Penguins number, winning eight of their past 10 matches. The Dukes soundly defeated GW in regular season, 7-0, but fell 4-2 to the Colonials at the A-10 Championship last season.
2011 spring break will be spent in Kentucky for a pair of matches. Feb. 26, Duquesne will visit Eastern Kentucky. The Colonels made it to the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference championship last season. The following day, DU will play at Morehead State. The Eagles are coming off its best season since 2004 and finished tied for third in the OVC.
March's home matches will see three Big East squads and a conference champion invade the Club Sport and Health. Mar. 9, Duquesne hosts West Virginia. The schools have split the past two matches head-to-head.
Defending Patriot League champions Army is in town on Mar. 11. The Black Knights won 20 matches last season en route to their sixth straight league title.
Mar. 19, Duquesne takes on Villanova. The Dukes have never lost to the Wildcats, winning all three matches.
The women's tennis version of The City Game is Mar. 22 when Duquesne hosts the University of Pittsburgh. The Dukes have got the better of the Panthers in the last two matches winning 5-2 in each contest.
The month closes out in Ohio, with matches at Dayton on Mar. 25 and Xavier on Mar. 26. Last season, the Dukes were 6-1 winners over the Flyers, but dropped a pair of matches to the Musketeers - including the fifth place match at the conference championship.
The regular season concludes at home with Temple on Apr. 1 and a non-conference match against Detroit Apr. 3. The Owls made it to the A-10 semifinals before falling to eventual champion Richmond. Detroit was the Horizon League's runner-up last season.
The 2011 Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship will be played Apr. 8-10 at a site to be determined.
"We have a strong group of returning players and a talented group of freshmen coming in," added Camillo. "There is no doubt we have high expectations this season,"