Sports Contact: J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2019
HIALEAH, FL – While most programs would be riding into a new season on a high after both its men's and women's teams finished among the best teams in the country, ASA Miami's tennis program and head coach Brian Slack is coming into the 2019 season with a huge chip on their shoulder.
Slack announced the schedules for both teams Thursday, and both teams will be playing the majority of their matches on the road in 2019 – with the women only hosting four matches and the men only playing within the friendly confines of James H. Goodlet Park once this season.
The ASA Miami women, who took third place at last year's NJCAA National Tennis Tournament but have zero returners from that squad, are scheduled to play a total of 21 matches in 2019. The Lady Silver Storm will open the season with a pair of preseason matches – at home against Keiser University on Saturday, January 19 and on the road against Flagler College two days later.
The women's team regular season will begin on the road at Nova Southeastern University on January 29. The first month of the new year will be an easy road to navigate compared to February's slate – six matches (five on the road) against State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota; Webber International University; Barry University; St. Petersburg College; Eastern Florida State College; and Hillsborough Community College.
ASA's men have a much lighter slate. 2018's NJCAA National runner-ups are only scheduled for 12 matches in 2019.
The men will play three preseason matches in January – at Florida Gulf Coast University (Jan. 12), January 19's dual-meet against Keiser, and the road trip to Flagler College with women on January 21.
ASA Miami's men's regular season will open with its only home match of the year, a February 15 showdown with Webber International University. Slack and the men's team will then become perpetual "road warriors" – playing its final 11 matches of the year as the visiting opponent.
March will be the busiest month for the men, however. The Silver Storm will open with a trip to Daytona Beach, Florida to take on Embry-Riddle University (March 2) then travel to play Georgia-Gwinnett College the following day at the USTA National Tennis Center.
The men and women's team will both then travel to Pensacola, Florida for a three-day tournament where they both will take on Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Cowley County Community College, Seward County Community College and Tyler Junior College.
Both teams' seasons will culminate in April. After the busy March, ASA's men will play three final regular season matches in April as will the women. The Lady Silver Storm's final regular season match is an April 10 road tilt against Palm Beach Atlantic University while the men's season will conclude against PBAU on April 18.
Navigating the regular season has never been an issue for Slack and his teams, their sights are set on the regional and national tournaments. ASA Miami's men's team doesn't have a regional tourney as an independent member of Region VIII, but the Lady Silver Storm will look to capture another "unofficial" Region VIII title on April 12 at a sight to be determined.
If all goes to Slack's plan, the ASA Miami women will be playing for a national championship May 5-10 in Tyler, Texas and the men's team will be in Tucson, Arizona a week later (May 13-17) looking to capture a national title on the Reffkin Tennis Center courts.