Southern Methodist University men's tennis team will kick their spring campaign on January 13 against Abilene Christian University, in the first out of 11 matches at their SMU Tennis Complex in Dallas. 15 days later, the Mustangs will play in Texas at ITA Kick-off Weekend, with the University of Mississippi as the first rival. February brings 6 matches, against Army, Dartmouth College, Sacramento State, Prairie View A&M University, UT Arlington and UCF, which will be the first American Athletic Conference clash. Until the end of the regular season, the Mustangs will battle against 4 more Conference rivals, United States Naval Academy, University of Memphis, University f South Florida and Tulane University, while the match versus Rice on April 16 marks the end of the regular slate. American Athletic Conference Tournament is set to be held at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida from April 20-23. The full schedule can be found HERE.
"We're really excited about the season," head coach Carl Neufeld said. "The guys have made huge strides and improvements this fall and summer and we're coming off of a great year last year when we made the final sixteen. We expanded the schedule. I think this year it will clearly be in the top 10, in terms of strength of schedule. It will give us a great opportunity to gain experience playing the top teams and measuring ourselves against the top teams in the country in preparation for the NCAA tournament. We've got a senior group of kids that are advanced enough to the point where they are ready for this. We've been one of the most improved team in the country the last two years. This year we really believe our guys have continued that improvement on an individual basis and we're just excited to see how it turns out. The matches are incredibly exciting and very highly contested. I'm excited to see how we're going to play. I know we're going to play very well and it will be exciting to see the intense competition between the top teams in the country."