Immediate Release: August 17, 2009
Head coach Adam Cohen has lined up a daunting slate of eight fall tournaments and 25 dual matches in the spring. The fall will continue to be weighted toward flighted individual events, including the prestigious ITA Northeast Regional, beginning October 15 at Dartmouth. The opening fall events are the University of Virginia Invitational and the Cornell Fall Invite - both taking place on September 11-13.
But Cohen has stepped up the competition in the spring, when the Bearcats will face four NCAA teams from 2009 (Marist, Western Michigan, Radford, Columbia), seven teams ranked among the region's top-10 and all eight members of the Ivy League, considered the top conference in the region.
The Bearcats, who finished the 2008-09 season ranked No. 8 in the Northeast, will face No. 1 Columbia, which was ranked 52nd in the country. The will also meet nationally-ranked opponents in Radford (No. 53), Harvard (No. 63) and Yale (No. 69). Regionally-ranked Cornell (No. 4), Brown (No. 7), Princeton (No. 9) and St. John's (No. 10) also dot the schedule.
Traditional matches against America East rivals Stony Brook (April 17) and UMBC (April 10) will help determine the seeds for the conference championship, which will be held April 30-May 2 in New Haven, Conn.
The Bearcats have won five of the last seven conference titles and return all nine members of the 2008-09 squad.
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