2012 Fall Schedule Announced
LAWRENCEVILLE--Back to back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference home matches open the 2012 Rider University women's fall tennis schedule, head coach Ed Torres announced.
Torres, a Rider grad and member of the Athletics Hall of Fame, will begin his 18th season as head coach on September 12 when the Broncs host defending MAAC champion Fairfield at 2pm, the first competition of a 10-match fall schedule.
The Stags won 14 matches in 2011-12, including an undefeated run through conference play and advanced to the NCAA tournament before losing to Southern California.
Winners of three MAAC regular season titles in a row, Fairfield has appeared in the last five MAAC championship matches, winning the title in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Manhattan College visits Lawrenceville for a MAAC match at noon on September 15.
Rider concludes the September slate with two road matches, at Monmouth (September 24) and at Siena for a MAAC match on September 29.
The Broncs defeated Monmouth 6-1 in Lawrenceville last fall.
Home opponents in October include Rutgers-Camden (October 4) and Philadelphia University (October 11) with the fall season concluding on October 27 when Saint Peter's University visits Lawrenceville for a MAAC match.
Rider won at Rutgers-Camden last fall by a 9-0 score.
I'm excited about the upcoming season," Torres said. "We have eight letterwinners back, including (senior) Marly Roche (Sussex/High Point Regional) and (sophomore) Michelle Caravaglio (Manalapan/Freehold)."
Caravaglio won seven matches as a Rider rookie while Roche, a 51-match veteran, enters her senior season with 14 victories in singles play.
"The schedule is a tough one," Torres added. "That is the only way to prepare for MAAC play. We have to play a challenging schedule to continue to improve."
"Our doubles play is going to be important to the overall team record," Torres said. "To have any chance to win a match, you have to take the doubles point. It is much harder to get four of the six singles matches on a consistent basis."