WILLIAMSBURG - The William and Mary women’s tennis team will compete in nine tournaments during the fall of 2013. Highlighting the slate is the 21st annual Tribe Invitational set for Sept. 20-22 in Williamsburg.
The Green and Gold will open the fall season by sending squads to both the Duke and Elon Invitationals in North Carolina. Both events are slated for Sept. 13-15, and it will mark the third straight season in which W&M has competed in the Duke Invite.
The 21st annual Tribe Invitational will be held as part of Family Weekend, Sept. 20-22. The event will be played at sites throughout Williamsburg including the Millie West Tennis Facility, the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center and the Caf Tennis Courts.
W&M will again have split squads headed to the Hokie Fall Invitational and the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships. It marks the fourth straight season in which the Tribe will compete in the Hokie Invite, which is slated for Sept. 27-29. The ITA All-American Championships, scheduled for Oct. 1-6, is the first of three national individual championship events for collegiate tennis and includes main draws of 32 teams in doubles and 64 players in singles. Selections for each round of the All-American Championships are released in September along with the national fall rankings.
The Tribe will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to take part in the June Stewart Invitational, Oct. 11-13. It marks the first time since the fall of 2008 that W&M will travel to Vanderbilt for the event.
W&M will take part in the ITA Atlantic Region Championships, which will be hosted by Virginia at the Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville. The regional singles and doubles winners will earn a spot in the exclusive USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 7-10. The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship is the second fall national championship event in college tennis and includes a 32-player singles draw and 20-team doubles bracket for both men and women. Last season, Jeltje Loomans and Maria Belaya claimed the ITA Atlantic Region Doubles Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Championship.
For the seventh time in the last eight years, W&M will close out the fall at the Kitty Harrison Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event, which will be Nov. 8-10, is held in honor of Kitty Harrison, a former head coach of the North Carolina women's tennis team from 1977 to 1998. During her career, she led the Tar Heels to four ACC Championships.