What you need to know:
*Coach Alex Leatu announced the Georgia State women’s tennis Spring 2019 schedule on Thursday morning.
*The Panthers have six home conference matches, and non-conference tilts with Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia Tech.
*GSU opens the season on January 18 against FGCU in Fort Myers, Florida.
ATLANTA- GA.- As Georgia State women’s tennis continues the fall tournament slate; GSU’s head coach Alex Leatu announced the full Spring 2019 slate, highlighted by six home conference matches.
The Panthers will play 24 matches over 20 dates spanning from late January to the middle of April. GSU will play nine home matches this season spread across six separate dates.
Georgia State will open the season in Fort Myers, Florida for a pair of matches on January 18 and 19 with Florida Gulf Coast and Cornell. From there, GSU travels up to Greenville, South Carolina for a Martin Luther King Day match with the Furman Paladins on January 21.
The February slate opens up with trips to Jacksonville and Tuscaloosa to take on North Florida and Alabama on the first two Fridays of the month. GSU will be back in Atlanta for a February 15 tilt at Georgia Tech before heading back to the Yellowhammer State to face Auburn and Samford on February 17. The Panthers will round out the month in Orlando for matches against Central Florida and Denver.
March will see GSU host six home matches, including a home opener doubleheader on the March 3 against UT Martin and Georgia Southern. The Panthers will take their only road trip of the month to face Louisiana and ULM on March 16-17, before a home doubleheader on March 23 with Arkansas State and UAB. Leatu’s sqaud will finish the month at home with matches against Texas State and UT Arlington March 30-31.
The Panthers open April with a three-day trip in the Carolinas with matches against Coastal Carolina, Winthrop, and Appalachian State. GSU will finish off the regular season April 13-14 at home taking on Troy and South Alabama. The 2018 Sun Belt Champions will look to defend their title at the conference tournament April 18-21 in Peachtree City.
"Being on the road often at the beginning of the season will be a solid test of our preparation and our ability to do the small things well" said coach Leatu. "This group embraces any challenge so I am really looking forward to continuing our growth as a team and seeing how we are able to overcome the challenges we face this spring."
The Panthers return four players from last season’s NCAA Tournament appearance, in addition to three true freshmen.
GSU continues fall play next weekend at the ITA Southeast Regionals. The Panthers will take on opponents from Georgia and Florida over three days at Georgia Tech’s Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
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