|Tennis announces fall slate|
MOSCOW - The University of Idaho men's and women's tennis teams will each play in six tournaments this fall, as Idaho Director of Tennis Jeff Beaman announced the schedules Tuesday.
Each team will participate in the University of Idaho Campus Showdown, a non-collegiate event in Moscow on Sept. 8. The Vandal men will split the team between the Eastern Washington fall Classic and the Baylor Invitational in its first collegiate action Sept. 21-23. The Vandals will also play in the Boise State Fall Tournament Oct. 5-7, the ITA Mountain Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 17-21 and the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate in Seattle, Nov. 9-11.
"I am looking forward to this fall and excited to see how the guys do in the upcoming events," said Beaman, who is also the head coach for the Vandal men. "We finished last year on a real strong note and hopefully we can care the momentum into this year. With the events at Baylor, BSU, UW and the regional there is the potential to match up against some nationally ranked players and for guys to earn a singles or doubles ranking going into the spring."
The Idaho women will stay close to home in their first collegiate tournament of the fall, as they cross the border to play in the Washington State Cougar Classic in Pullman, Sept. 14-16. They will also play in the Boise State Jack Taylor Invitational Sept. 28-30, the ITA Mountain Regional Championships Oct. 10-14 in Las Vegas, Nev., the Duck Invitational in Eugene, Ore., Oct. 19-21 and the Houston Cougar Classic Nov. 2-4.
"I'm really excited about our fall tournament schedule," second-year Idaho women's coach Dan Pollock said. "From start to finish we will see high quality opponents and we'll be able to test ourselves against some of the toughest competition in the nation. We'll see teams from Pac-12, SEC, and the Big-12 this fall and it will be really interesting to see how our girls match up."
Pollock added that he will be splitting the team and taking smaller groups of players to each tournament.
"I hope that will give me a chance to spend more time on court coaching each individual player, and more time to help develop each girls match play skills in preparation for the spring season."