SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee tennis teams have announced the 2019 schedule, announced by the Sewanee Tennis coaching staff.
Men's Non-Conference Schedule
Sewanee will open on the road in Kentucky with a doubleheader with Transylvania (Ky.) and Hanover (Ind.) Feb. 16. The next day, the Tigers will open the home schedule with NCAA Division II opponent Carson-Newman (Tenn.).
The Purple and Gold will next travel to the University of Mary Washington (Va.) for a weekend trip against UMW, Stevens (N.J.) and Kenyon (Ohio) on Feb. 23-24.
The Tigers return home March 4 for a contest with Wittenberg (Ohio).
Sewanee will spend its spring break with their annual trip to California. March 15-16, the Tigers will participate in the Stag Hen Invitational, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) and Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) Colleges.
Along with Sewanee, CMS and Pomona-Pitzer, the teams participating include Bowdoin (Maine), Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.), Swarthmore (Pa.), Skidmore (N.Y.) and Southwestern (Texas).
The Tigers will face the Gusties of GAC in the opening round on March 15.
Sewanee will next play Tufts (Mass.) (March 17), Denison (Ohio) and Hope International (Calif.) (March 19) to conclude its west coast trip.
Four of Sewanee's five final non-conference games will be inside the Bruton-Guerry Tennis Center: Kalamazoo (Mich.) on March 26, Carleton (Minn.) on March 29, Emory (Ga.) on April 15 and Washington & Lee (Va.) on April 17.
In between the home games, Sewanee will travel to Lookout Mountain to take on Covenant (Ga.) on April 5.
The Tigers will play nine opponents that are in the national rankings: No. 4 Emory, No. 8 Gustavus Adolphus, No. 14 Kenyon, No. 20 Mary Washington, No. 22 Tufts, No. 25 Kalamazoo, No. 27 Denison, No. 37 Stevens and No. 38 Carleton.
Women's Non-Conference Schedule
Just like the men, the women's team will open the schedule in Kentucky with a doubleheader against Transylvania and Hanover on Feb. 16.
The next day, Sewanee returns home for a contest with Carson-Newman.
For the third straight year, the program will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Indoor National Championships March 1-3 in Nashville.
Participating teams in the championships include Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), Chicago (Ill.), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), Emory (Ga.), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.), The University of the South and Washington University-St. Louis (Mo.).
Sewanee will open the play with the 2018 NCAA Runner-Up in Emory that Friday afternoon.
Following the weekend trip in Nashville, Sewanee will host Wittenberg the next day.
The Tigers' annual spring break trip to California will see the team play Rochester (N.Y.), Bowdoin, Ponoma-Pitzer, Williams (Mass.), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Hope International.
Following a road match at Covenant on April 5, the Tigers will conclude their non-conference slate with Piedmont (Ga.) on April 12 at the Bruton-Guerry Tennis Center.
The women's program will play four ranked teams in 2019, including the top three teams in the nation: defending National Champion and top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), No. 2 Emory and No. 3 Williams (Mass.). Sewanee will also play No. 15 Bowdoin. That number should rise based on opponents the Tigers will play at the ITA National Indoor Championships in Nashville March 1-3.
The Tigers will open Southern Athletic Association play March 9 with a home contest against Centre.
Sewanee will step back into conference play after spring break with back-to-back home weekends. Sewanee will face Rhodes and Hendrix March 30-31, respectively.
The next weekend, April 6-7, Sewanee faces Berry and Oglethorpe at the Bruton-Guerry Tennis Center.
The conference schedule concludes the following weekend, April 13-14, with road matchups with Millsaps and Birmingham-Southern.
The Tigers' quest for a seventh straight conference championship happens April 26-28 in Murfreesboro. Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps.