CLEMSON, SC - Clemson Head Men's Tennis Coach Chuck McCuen has announced the team's schedule for the 2013-14 season.
The schedule features 16 home matches this season. There are 18 opponents listed that went to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Clemson will open the fall segment of the schedule at the Southern Collegiates in Athens, GA on September 13-16. The Tigers will also participate in the ITA All-American Tournament in Tulsa, OK and the ITA Regionals in Cary, NC.
The Tigers will open the dual match part of the schedule on January 17 as the Tigers play host to Furman. The Tigers will play host to Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb in a double header on January 19.
Clemson will play in the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Oxford, MS on January 25-26. Clemson will play Illinois in the first match and Michigan or Mississippi on the following day.
Clemson will play home matches with the College of Charleston, Wofford, Winthrop, Anderson, UNC Wilmington and Auburn for a six-match home stand in late January and early February before playing in the prestigious Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, AL on February 21-23. There are six teams in this event that participated in last year's NCAA Tournament.
Clemson will play host to South Carolina on Wednesday March 5th in what will be the 105th meeting between the two teams in a series that began in 1925. After the match with the Gamecocks, the Tigers will play 11 straight conference matches that will include home matches with Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame, Boston College, defending National Champions Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Clemson will play in the ACC Tournament on April 24-27 in Cary, NC.
"We are real excited about the 2013-14 schedule," said Clemson Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "The best way to prepare a team and improve is to face tough opponents. We are very pleased with the progression of the team, and we feel as though we will improve even more by competing against the highest level of competition. We have a very good lineup of home matches this spring, and we are looking forward to the start of the season," said McCuen.
Clemson finished the 2013 season with a 19-8 record overall and a 6-4 mark in the ACC. The Tigers finished 21st in the final ITA poll. The Tigers also participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season. It was also the first time since the 2007 season that the Tigers have finished in the top 25 of the ITA poll. It was also the highest Clemson has been ranked in the final ITA poll since the 1997 season.