Bulldogs Travel South this Weekend to Open Tennis Season
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel tennis team will hit the road to open its season this weekend with three matches in two days. The Bulldogs will travel to Brunswick, Ga., to take on Coastal Georgia on Friday at 2 p.m., before making their way south to Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday for a doubleheader against Bethune-Cookman at 9 a.m., followed by Palm Beach Atlantic at 2:30 p.m.
Assistant coach Steve Howard will lead the Mariners in their match against the Bulldogs this Friday as former Citadel tennis head coach Kemper Baker was named the new head coach of the men's and women's programs last week.
This season will mark only the third year of tennis at Coastal Georgia as the Mariners' program was disbanded for many years but reinstated for the 2010-11 season. As a member of the NAIA, Coastal Georgia will enter its first season in the Southern States Athletic Conference after being invited to join during the summer of 2011.
Coastal Georgia went 8-10 last season and welcomes back six members of its roster.
In their first meeting in program history last season the Bulldogs won 4-3 as James Atkinson, Alex Howle and Elliott Sperr each earned a point for the Dogs in their respective singles matches.
The Wildcats have fallen in their first two matches of the season entering a doubleheader on Friday against Florida Southern and Palm Beach Atlantic before hosting the Bulldogs on Saturday morning. The Wildcats earned a third place finish in the Southern standings of the MEAC last season and was led by junior Juan Varon who received second team all-conferences honors.
The Wildcats will play The Citadel for the fourth time in Bulldogs program history. The Citadel owns a 3-0 advantage, logging its most recent win last season with a 5-2 decision. Bethune-Cookman participated in The Citadel Fall Invitational this fall season and was edged out by the Bulldogs who claimed 4-out-of-7 singles wins over the course of the invitational but dropped 2- out-of-3 doubles matches.
Palm Beach Atlantic
PBA is scheduled to compete against Bethune-Cookman and Florida Southern before Saturday's match against the Bulldogs. A Division II member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, the Sailfish finished 7-10 last season under the helm of Chi Lyd who will begin his eighth season as head coach of Palm Beach Atlantic University's men's and women's tennis teams.
This match is arranged to take place in a neutral location at Bethune-Cookman's City Island Tennis Courts and will mark the first time these two tennis programs will face off against each other
A recap and results will available following the conclusion of each match.