June 23, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Following a perfect Atlantic Sun Conference regular season and the school's first women's tennis league championship in 2007-08, the 2008-09 USC Upstate women's tennis team will participate in six fall tournaments including their own USC Upstate Tennis Tournament to kick off the season on Sept. 12, head coach Alessandro De Marzo announced on Monday.
The fall season is typically when collegiate tennis teams participate in tournaments and emphasizes individual development. The spring schedule, which will feature only dual meets, will be released at a later date.
The Spartans will face a competitive schedule during their second season of Division I competition, including the two-day Upstate tournament before travelling to the Wolfpack Invitational at N.C. State from Sept. 19-21. The next weekend, De Marzo plans on sending at least senior Anna Novo (Caracas, Venezuela/El-Angel), the 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, to the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The tournament, one of two ITA National Tournaments during the fall, will include nearly 500 entries during the 10-day event.
Upstate will also compete in Wofford's tournament on Oct. 3-4 and travel to Elon for a tournament on Oct. 10-11. Those two tournaments will prepare the team for the ITA Southeast Regionals, the second ITA National Tournament, at Wake Forest from Oct. 23-27. If a Spartan makes the finals in the singles or doubles portion of the regional, they will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Upstate finished the 2008 season 17-3 overall and a perfect 11-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference to win the school's first Atlantic Sun Conference title. The Spartans, in their first year of Division I competition, were not eligible for postseason competition as a provisional member of DI. Their first year of eligibility for postseason play is 2011-12.