OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University’s women’s tennis team will kick off its 2017 tournament schedule this weekend as the host of the Miami Invitational. The event runs from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Miami University Tennis Courts.
The RedHawks return to the courts after a 2016-17 campaign that saw them finish 12-12 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The team made a strong run in the MAC Tournament, knocking off No. 1 seed Ball State en route to an appearance in the championship match.
This year’s squad features a mix of established veterans and talented newcomers. Among the returners are seniors Anastasiia Vasiukhina and Nelli Ponomareva, a 2016-17 All-MAC Second Team performer. Junior Emily Struble, who posted a team-best 25-8 singles record (9-0 in the MAC) also figures to be a key part of Miami’s roster. The six-member freshman class of RedHawks was ranked by Tennis Recruiting Network as the 12th-best mid-major class in the nation.
The Miami women will be led by first-year head coach Ricardo Rosas. Rosas has been an assistant coach with the RedHawk tennis program for the past 15 seasons, serving as Associate Head Coach since 2013. He helped guide the ‘Hawks to eight MAC regular-season titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances during his time as an assistant.
The event will feature a four-team field in which Miami is joined by Louisville, Purdue, and Xavier. Each school makes three singles and three doubles rotations, facing off against the other three squads once in both categories. The Miami Invitational, like all fall tennis events, is not scored on a team basis. Players are competing as individuals and results affect their individual rankings.
Below is the full schedule for this weekend’s action. All matches will take place at the Miami University Tennis Courts.
10 am: Xavier vs. Purdue (singles)
1 pm: Miami vs. Xavier, Louisville vs. Purdue (doubles)
After: Miami vs. Louisville (singles)
10 am: Xavier vs. Louisville (singles)
1 pm: Miami vs. Louisville, Xavier vs. Purdue (doubles)
After: Miami vs. Purdue (singles)
9 am: Louisville vs. Purdue (singles)
12 pm: Miami vs. Purdue, Xavier vs. Louisville (doubles)
After: Miami vs. Xavier (singles)
Make sure to follow @MiamiOH_Tennis on Twitter for live updates throughout the weekend.