MACOMB, Ill. - The Fighting Leatherneck women's tennis team released its Spring 2013 schedule today (Nov. 15). Western Illinois will host two events at the end of the season in the month of April.
"I was pleased with the players' performance in our Fall tournament, the Hinds-Kellogg Invitational," said third-year head coach Chris Kane. "It was quite an improvement over last year's showing. Our coaches will be patient and encouraging, because confidence will be important to this team."
Western gets things started Friday, January 18, 2013 when they travel to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Then on the 26th of January, the team will be in Flossmoor, Illinois to face Valparaiso and Northern Illinois.
The University of Iowa will host the Leathernecks in Iowa City, as well as, DePaul University in Chicago on the 16th and 23rd of February, respectively. Immediatley following the match at DePaul, the women will travel back to Flossmoor to face Chicago State.
"Our shedule is once again very challenging," said Kane. "We'll hope to use that tough early-season non-conference schedule to get us ready for the Summit League schedule, highlighted by a four-match cluster in Kansas City in mid-March against top Summit League teams."
The Purple and Gold will start the month of March at the University of Northern Iowa on the 2nd in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Then it's off to Kansas City, Missouri for a two-day tournament on the 14th and 15th featuring conference foes Fort Wayne, Kansas City, Omaha and South Dakota State. The women will close out the month of March on the 29th and 30th, with a trip to Detroit, Michigan. It will also feature conference opponents, Oakland, IUPUI and South Dakota.
Finally, the Leathernecks will host their two home events of the season on April 7th and April 10th. First, they will challenge Roosevelt University, who participated in the 7th Annual Hinds-Kellogg Classic in Macomb back on October 5 and 6. Lastly, St. Louis University will travel to Macomb on April 10th.
think we're am improved team this year," added Kane. "Likely, four of our six singles
starters will be newcomers. At the same time, we're a work in progress,
just trying to get better day by day."