BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University men's tennis coach Tom Snelson released the schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
"We are excited about this year's schedule," said Snelson. "This year, we are facing a good number of new opponents that will offer our team different challenges. Our schedule is possibly one of the toughest our program has ever had with a handful of nationally-ranked teams that will help us improve in each match throughout the season."
The Knights will face seven teams who ended the 2018-19 season nationally ranked in the Oracle/ITA Division III Men's Rankings: No. 14 Carnegie Mellon, No. 15 Mary Washington, No. 25 Johns Hopkins, No. 32 College of New Jersey, No. 33 Swarthmore, No. 36 New York University and No. 40 Christopher Newport.
Southern Virginia opens the fall season with a match in against The College of New Jersey on Aug. 31. On Sept. 20-21 the Knights will play three matches, starting with a Division II school Shaw followed by Pfeiffer and Johnson C. Smith the next day.
The Knights first invitationals of the season fill up the next two weekends, first on Sept. 27-28 at the Virginia Wesleyan Invite and then Oct. 4-5 at the ITA Regional in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Southern Virginia wraps up the fall season at home on Oct. 12 with a pair of matches, first against Capital Athletic Conference foe York College (Pa.) and then against the Randolph Wildcats.
The Knights begin their spring season on the road on Feb. 8 as they face Carnegie Mellon.
After a week of rest, Southern Virginia will play three away matches on Feb. 21-22, beginning with Stevenson, then Swarthmore, Franklin and Marshall. The Knights then travel to the Empire State on Mar. 7 to square up against New York University.
Southern Virginia spring season home-opener will be on Mar. 12 against Averett, followed by a quick CAC matchup with Christopher Newport on Mar. 13 and then Virginia Wesleyan on Mar. 14.
The Knights enter a three-match homestand against St. Mary's (Md.) on Mar. 27 and Harford on Mar. 28 with Mary Washington as the final game of the homestand on April 2.
Southern Virginia continues with matches against Goucher and Johns Hopkins on April 3-4. The Knights will conclude CAC play at Salisbury on April 18.
The final home match of the season will be on April 20 as the Knights host Methodist. Following the match, the team will travel to Hampden-Sydney College for an afternoon matchup to complete the Knights regular season.
The first round of the CAC Championships will begin on April 25.