Men's tennis announces grueling 2013-14 slate

HEAD COACH RON GENDRON AND MEN'S TENNIS RELEASES 2013-14 SLATE

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Coming off an appearance in the Northeast Conference Tournament Finals in April, reigning NEC Coach of the Year Ron Gendron and the Bryant University men's tennis team are proud to announce their 2013-14 schedule, a slate that includes more than 30 dates and spans five months.

The Bulldogs put together a memorable season in 2012-13, running the table against NEC opponents en route to an appearance in the NEC Tournament Finals. In 2013-14, the Black and Gold will return all their major components in hopes of capturing their first NEC Tournament Title.

Bryant opens its fall season with five early tournaments, beginning with the Binghamton Invitational from Sept. 6-8. The following weekend (Sept. 13-15) marks the Brown Invitational, followed up by the USTA Invitational opening on Sept. 20. The Bulldogs close out tournament season with the UConn Invite on Sept. 27-29, before journeying to Hamden, Conn. for the Quinnipiac Invitational beginning on Oct. 4.

The Bulldogs will wrap up their fall slate with four dual matches (all in Smithfield), the first two coming vs. Boston University on Oct. 12, before doing battle with NEC-foe St. Francis Brooklyn and Hartford on Oct. 13. Closing out the fall, as always, is the ITA Invitational held at Yale University beginning on Oct. 17.

After a break over November and December, the Black and Gold will return to action on Jan. 18 with a pair of batches at Dartmouth College, the first coming against the host Big Green, before an afternoon match with Villanova. Bryant will return to Smithfield for a Feb. 1 match against Atlantic-10 powerhouse Xavier, before heading to Providence, R.I., the following day for a rematch with always talented Binghamton.

On Feb. 9, Bryant heads to New Haven, Conn., for a showdown with Georgetown, where the Bulldogs will try to avenge a 4-3 loss to the Hoyas just a season ago. Life doesn't get any easier after that for the Bulldogs as they prepare for a jam-packed day of tennis on Feb. 15, first heading to BC for a 9 a.m. start in Chestnut Hill, Mass., before heading back to Smithfield for a 7 p.m. match against Hofstra. The Bulldogs will then head to the Turning Stone Invite in New York on Feb. 21-23 to close out the month of February.

Bryant opens March with matches against Marist, Lehigh and Buffalo before heading to Southern California over Spring Break for matches against Hardin Simmons and Claremont-Mudd-Scripts. The Bulldogs get back to their NEC schedule on March 22 when they travel to Quinnipiac, before doing battle with a pair of Ivy League-foes, first at Brown on March 29 followed by Yale on March 30.

The Black and Gold head to UConn on April 2, before coming back home for a huge late-season match with reigning NEC Champion Fairleigh Dickinson, which is sure to have postseason implications for both squads. Bryant will close out its regular season with a pair of home matches, first vs. Merrimack on April 6, and vs. Sacred Heart on April 13.

"This is by far our most aggressive schedule to date," said Gendron.  "We are very pleased with the amount of quality programs who have agreed to play us."

"We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our talented, deep roster against the very best.  Go Bulldogs!!!"

Bryant opens its 2013-14 season on Sept. 6 at the Binghamton Invitational.

For the complete schedule and all the latest news on the Bryant University men's tennis team, visit BryantBulldogs.com.

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