MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head coach Alejandro Andres has announced the Saint Anselm College women's tennis team's 14-match schedule for the upcoming fall season, his first leading the women's program.
Saint Anselm's 14 matches are evenly divided between home and away contests and include two non-conference matches as well as 12 Northeast-10 Conference matchups. Five of the Hawks' six matches against teams that qualified for the NE10 Championship last season come away from home in 2017.
"We feel great about the fall season and our ability to compete in every match," Andres said. "The NE10 boasts a number of strong individual players and several strong teams, so it is crucial we show up ready to battle. We did not graduate any players and have some new members coming in, so experience will play an important role for us."
The Hawks begin their 2017 slate with three-straight home matches, starting with a Sept. 5 non-conference match against Plymouth State, which marks the third-straight year the two programs will meet. After that, Saint Anselm opens NE10 play with back-to-back home matches against Le Moyne and Saint Rose on Sept. 16-17.
The rest of September includes five-of-six matches away from home for Saint Anselm. The Hawks travel to Merrimack, Gordon and Adelphi, which won the NE10 Championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, before a home match with New Haven on Sept. 24. The month finishes with trips to Southern New Hampshire and Stonehill, which were both NCAA Tournament teams last season.
Saint Anselm starts October by traveling to Franklin Pierce in search of its 13th consecutive win against the Ravens on Oct. 1. The Hawks close out the regular season by playing three of their final four matches at home, as Saint Michael's and Bentley visit Manchester prior to a trip to Assumption and a home regular-season finale against American International on Oct. 11.
Last year, the Hawks finished 7-10 overall and 5-7 in the NE10, with the seven wins marking the most for the program since 2010-11. Saint Anselm did not graduate anyone from last season's roster of 10 as the team looks to move up the standings in 2017.