ATLANTA- Following its 2017 Sun Belt Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, the Georgia State men’s tennis team announced the spring 2018 schedule.. Announced Friday morning by interim head coach Jonathan Wolff, the schedule features three tournaments and seven Power-5 opponents.
For the second year in a row, the Panthers will open their schedule at the Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. on Jan. 13-14. The following weekend, the team will head to Eugene, Ore. for the Oregon on Jan. 19-20.
The final tournament for GSU will be in College Station, Texas, where Texas A&M will be one of 15 ITA Kick-Off Weekend host sites. Cal Poly and LSU will also be at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Georgia State will open the non-tournament portion of the spring slate with three non-conference opponents. The team will travel to Auburn on Feb. 2 before heading Clemson on Feb. 9. GSU will host its first home match of the season when Louisville travels to Atlanta on Feb. 11.
The following weekend, the Panthers will head to Jacksonville, Fla. to face North Florida and Charlotte on Feb. 16-17.
GSU will open Sun Belt play at home against South Alabama on Feb. 25, the first of a three-match stretch in Atlanta. The team will open March play at Georgia Tech, before returning home to host ETSU on March 4.
The team will play its final Power-5 opponent on March 9, facing Penn State in Orlando, Fla. The Panthers will stay in Florida to face Florida Atlantic on March 12, before closing out March play at rival Georgia Southern.
The final four matches for GSU will be at home, with Elon, SBC-foe Louisiana, UNCW, and Middle Tennessee coming to Atlanta.
The Sun Belt Championship Tournament will again be hosted by the conference, with action taking place down the road in Peachtree City, Ga.
“We are very excited and motivated to start the journey in defending our Sun Belt Conference title for the upcoming season,” Wolff said. “We wanted to schedule a challenging road to the tournament with powerhouse schools like Oregon and Auburn to be in top form for post-season action.”
The team will return six student-athletes from the 2017 Sun Belt Championship team, with two freshmen joining the team before the fall.