BOONE, N.C. – App State women’s tennis announced a challenging 2018-19 schedule featuring two ACC opponents, eight home matches and the newly-added Sun Belt schedule.
The Mountaineers are coming off their best season in recent memory with an 11-11 mark for their first record of .500 or better since 2012-13. In addition, the Apps won their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament with a win over Texas State, a six-win improvement, which tied for the highest improvement in the conference and landed four student-athletes to postseason all-Sun Belt selections.
Coach Mosley loaded his schedule with 12 of 20 teams from last season boasting a winning mark, while three of schools went to the postseason and two programs winning their respective conference tournaments. Appalachian will play in 10 Sun Belt contests as well with the new Sun Belt slate being added in the first time this season.
“We are working hard and look to continue our improvement from last Spring,” head coach Blake Mosley stated. “The fall will start off with the team competing against what we call the “Next Level”, which are two ITP Pro Circuit events. We’ve put together a tough spring schedule because not only do we want to challenge our players, but we also have the belief that we can compete with anyone.”
Appalachian opens the year with its fall schedule, beginning in Hilton Head, S.C. this weekend before heading to Charleston, S.C. the following weekend Sept. 28-Oct. 2. The Mountaineers will head to Elon Oct. 6-7 for the Jimmy Powell Invitational. Appalachian will then head to Florence, S.C. from Oct. 12-16. The Mountaineers participate in the ITA Regionals hosted by North Carolina Oct. 18-21. App closes out the fall slate Nov. 2-4 in Denton, Fla.
Opening the spring are back-to-back home matches beginning with a Davidson (Jan. 19) team that finished 16-5 last season before going up against the SoCon Tournament runner-ups, ETSU on Feb. 13. Appalachian will face UNCG on the road three days later on Feb. 16 before traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 19 to face the defending ACC champions and NCAA quarterfinal participants, North Carolina, who also went 28-4.
The Mountaineers will have a small break until they face UNC Asheville on the road on March 1 followed by a March 3 contest against College of Charleston. For the third match in five days, the Black and Gold makes the trek to Jacksonville, Fla. for a March 7 showdown against last season’s Atlantic Sun Tournament winners in North Florida, earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
After a March 7 affair against Savannah State on the road, the Apps will play two matches on March 8, going up against North Carolina Central in Durham before traveling to Raleigh to face its second ACC opponent in NC State. The Wolfpack went 17-15 en route to an appearance in the NCAA postseason.
App’s Sun Belt opener will take place on the road in Conway on March 13 against Coastal Carolina before making make the trip to Arkansas State on St. Patrick’s Day. Six of the final eight matches are home contests, starting with the conference tournament runner-up, South Alabama (March 22), and two days later against Troy (March 24).
The Black and Gold heads to Louisiana to play the Ragin’ Cajuns (March 30) and the ensuing day, UL Monroe. App State begins a four-match homestand to close out the regular season on April 5 against Georgia Southern. On April 7, the Black and Gold will host last season’s Sun Belt Tournament champion, Georgia State. Closing out the regular season are matchups against UT Arlington (April 12) and Texas State (April 14).
The Sun Belt Championships will be held from April 18-21 in Peachtree City, Ga. for a second straight year.