Tennis Hits Road For Eight Matches
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University tennis team hits the road for its longest road trip of the season, taking on eight opponents in a span of six days, beginning with the University of Central Oklahoma Sunday, Feb. 18, at 12 p.m.
EMU takes on an OCU squad that has started the spring campaign with a 1-1 record, having most recently swept Southern Nazarene, 9-0, for its first win of the season. The Bronchos are a NCAA Division II school in Edmond, Okla., that has already played Division I schools Wyoming and Missouri State in exhibitions during the 2018 season, falling in both. The Green and White’s stop in the Sooner State is brief, however, as the Eagles head south to Texas for the remainder of their trip.
Eastern is set to play a pair of matches Tuesday, Feb. 20, starting with a matchup against Incarnate Word at 10 a.m. The Cardinals are off to an 0-3 start to the season, having lost to Houston, Texas San Antonio, and Louisiana-Lafayette. At 3 p.m., the Eagles are set to take on St. Mary’s, a NCAA Division II school in San Antonio. The Rattlers are off to a 4-0 start to the season and are the No. 8 ranked program in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) DII rankings. The match against Eastern Michigan will be their first against a Division I opponent this season.
The Eagles return to the court Wednesday, Feb. 21, for a single match against Texas State at 10 a.m. The Bobcats have faced a gauntlet to start the season, going 0-3 on the young season with losses to TCU, Texas A&M, and No. 12 Texas. TSU hosts EMU at its home facility in San Marcos, Texas.
Next up on the roadtrip, Eastern Michigan takes on both McNeese State and Lamar Thursday, Feb. 22, in Beaumont, Texas. The Green and White’s match against McNeese State, who has a 1-0 record on the season, is set to begin at 10 a.m., while the match against host Lamar, who is 0-2 on the campaign, will start at 3 p.m.
Finishing up the tour of Texas is another pair of matches in San Antonio Friday, Feb. 23. The Eagles will take on Texas San Antonio at 10 a.m. The Roadrunners have a record of 3-2 on the season, having defeated the likes of Stephen F. Austin, Prarie View A&M, and Incarnate Word, while falling to Sam Houston State and UT Rio Grand Valley. Eastern’s final match of the six-day journey is against Trinity at 3 p.m. The Tigers are a NCAA Division III school that has just one win on the season, with losses to three ITA Top 25 schools.