TOWSON, Md. - Towson head coach Doug Neagle has announced a competitive women's tennis schedule for the 2012-13 season. Neagle is confident the new season will give his team a great chance to improve.
"I'm really looking forward to this season because the girls are really pushing each other with fitness this summer," Neagle said. "Another key is having Coach (Robin) Hubbard back for her second season. She's been a great addition."
Last season, sophomore Nisha Shah led the way for the Tigers as she won at least 20 singles matches for the second consecutive season. Her 20-12 record was tops on the team.
The season will begin on September 7 as part of a three-day event when the Tigers host the Tiger Classic at the Towson Center Tennis Courts.The team will compete in another tournament at the Naval Academy, when the Mids host the Navy Tournament on Sept. 21-23.
October features a match with Mount St. Mary's on the third followed by a pair of tournaments which wrap up the fall schedule. After competing a second time at Navy on Oct. 12-14, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association will host its regional tournament Oct. 18-21 at Old Dominion, which wraps up the fall schedule for Towson. Last season, the doubles team of Ayana Dow and Ariel Burke represented Towson at the ITA's, while Shah competed in singles action.
On Feb. 15, the Tigers will travel to College Park and face Maryland to open the spring slate, while matches against Salisbury on Feb. 16 and Seton Hall Feb. 23 complete the month.
In March, the Tigers will take the courts 11 times, including six home matches. After two road battles against Lafayette and Lehigh, Towson will play four of its next five matches at the Towson Center Tennis Courts. The Tigers will travel to Howard on March 7 after hosting Morgan State on March 6. They then play three straight opponents (Coppin State, Drexel and UMBC) at home on March 9 and March 14.
Towson lost to Drexel in the CAA Tournament last season by a 4-3 score, but Neagle said the loss serves as motivation for his team in the new year.
"To steal a quote from Drew Brees, a setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback," he said.
On March 20-21, the Tigers travel to Florida, where they will face both Florida Atlantic and Nova Southeastern for the third consecutive year. Towson concludes the month by hosting Hofstra and UMES on March 24.
April opens with the Tigers playing six road matches in seven days, beginning with Delaware on April 3. On the roadtrip Towson will also face CAA rivals George Mason and Old Dominion and out-of-conference opponents Bucknell and Norfolk State. The final road match of the season will be played at Navy on April 10.
Towson closes the regular season with a home match against James Madison April 13 at 2 p.m.
The CAA Tournament will be hosted by Old Dominion beginning on April 18.