Men's Tennis Hits the Court Three Times this Week
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.HARRISONBURG, Va., April 12, 2011 - Coming off a pair of home victories last week, the James Madison men's tennis team will be in action three times this week, including matches with two nationally-ranked teams.
Courtesy: Cathy Kushner/JMU Athletics Communications
The Dukes travel to Fairfax, Va., on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. meeting with George Mason and Richmond on Saturday for an 11 a.m. matinee with No. 45 VCU. They come home Sunday to host No. 74 Radford at 2 p.m. at Hillside Courts in the final home match of the regular season.
JMU, winners of five straight, enters the week with an 11-5 overall record and 1-2 mark in Colonial Athletic Association play. Last week, the Dukes went 2-0 with home wins against Howard (7-0, April 6) and Richmond (5-2, April 9).
George Mason comes into Wednesday's contest with a 10-9 record and 2-2 in CAA competition. The Patriots are coming off a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Delaware last Sunday that ended Mason's three-match win streak.
VCU, ranked 45th in the nation by the ITA, is 19-5 this season with a perfect 5-0 mark in conference play. The Rams ended their two-match losing skid with a 5-2 victory at William and Mary on April 8. VCU is 14-1 on its home court this season.
Radford will close the regular season Sunday in Harrisonburg and look to extend its win streak that stretches back to March 5. The 74th-ranked Highlanders are riding a 14-match win streak and hold an 18-3 record and are 5-1 in Big South play.
Last season, JMU went 1-1 against this week's opponents. The Rams won 5-0 against the Dukes on Jan. 23, 2010 at the VCU 4+1 Invitational, and JMU blanked Mason 7-0 on March 23, 2010 at home. The Dukes and Highlanders did not play last year as their match was cancelled, but RU won 7-0 in Radford, Va., on April 8, 2009, in the teams' last meeting.
Head Coach Steve Secord also announced today that JMU has rescheduled its match at Georgetown, which was rained out on April 8. The Dukes and Hoyas will now play next Tuesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C.