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Miami women’s tennis releases 2011 schedule

Paige Yaroshuk-Tews is in her 10th year at the helm of the women's tennis program.

Home matches against Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, and Duke highlight the 2011 University of Miami women’s tennis schedule, as announced by head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews.

The ’Canes will open their spring season on Friday, January 21 against Florida Atlantic University at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center before playing host to South Carolina, Arizona State, and FIU in the ITA Division I Kick-Off Weekend, January 28 to 31.

“We are excited to get going and have to be prepared for an early test the last weekend in January,” Yaroshuk-Tews said.

Miami will host FIU again two weeks later in a dual match on Friday, February 11, two days before rival Florida State comes to Coral Gables for both team’s ACC opener on Sunday, February 13.

The Hurricanes’ first road trip of the season will come the weekend on February 18-20 when the team heads to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

The rest of the spring schedule includes nothing but dual matches, starting with home matches against UCF on Sunday, February 27 and Michigan on Wednesday, March 2.

From there, the ’Canes will play six of their next seven matches on the road, beginning with the team’s first ACC road swing to Georgia Tech (March 5) and Clemson (March 6).

A mid-week match against UNC on Wednesday, March 9 is the Hurricanes’ lone home match in a span of 29 days, as Miami will then make trips to Texas and Virginia during the next three weeks.

First up, the ’Canes will face challenging tests with matches at TCU (March 12) and Baylor (March 14). Then after a weekend off, UM will play at Virginia (March 26) and Virginia Tech (March 27) on back-to-back days.

A home weekend against Wake Forest (April 1) and North Carolina State (April 3) opens the month of April before the team embarks on its final regular season road trip to Boston College and Maryland (April 8 and 9, respectively).

Miami will wrap up its regular slate with what could be the biggest match of the year, a meeting with Duke on Friday, April 15 at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center. The ’Canes and Blue Devils are annually at the top of the ACC standings.

Click here for the 2011 schedule

“The ACC is once again the toughest conference in the country on the women’s side,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I couldn’t be more fired up to play the best each and every weekend of conference play. It’s the only way to be truly prepared for the NCAAs.”

For the third straight season, the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship will be held at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina. This year’s tournament will run from April 21 to 24.

Following the ACC Championship, the ’Canes will have three weeks to prepare for the NCAA Tournament, which is slated to begin on Friday, May 13 at campus sites. Miami has reached the NCAA Tournament 15 consecutive seasons and played host to a regional in each of the last six seasons under Yaroshuk-Tews.

“A large portion of our success this year will be based on how these young ladies return in January,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “We have to hit the ground running.”

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