RICHMOND, Va., April 19, 2011 - The Colonial Athletic Association announced its pairings for this week's Virginia 529 College Savings Plan CAA Women's Tennis Championship that takes place April 21-24 at Old Dominion University's Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va.
James Madison received the seven seed and will take on 10th-seeded Hofstra in the first round on Thursday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. The winner will advance to Friday's quarterfinals and face No. 2 VCU at 1:30 p.m.
"Looking at some of the common opponents we have had, I feel pretty confident going into the match [with Hofstra]," Head Coach Maria Malerba said. "If we do win, we would be scheduled to play against VCU and that's going to be tough. That's when you get into the nationally-ranked programs."
The Dukes enter the championship with an 11-8 overall record and 1-4 mark in the CAA. They ended the regular season Monday with a 5-2 loss to Atlantic-10 champion Richmond. Prior to the defeat, JMU had won two in a row. After starting 2-5, JMU ended the season with nine victories in its final 12 matches.
The Pride are 8-7 this season with a 1-4 record in CAA play. Hofstra has lost two of three and five of seven matches. They will wrap up the regular season on Wednesday at Old Dominion prior to Thursday's first-round match.
Malerba believes should her team advance to play in the quarterfinals, the Dukes have a chance to compete with VCU. The Rams won 7-0 on Feb. 5, 2011, but JMU played without two of its starters in that match.
"We're a team sport, we have a team score, but it takes individuals [to win a match]," Malerba said. "If you can get four points, four of those seven, I think we're capable of doing that. We played them once this year and we had good matches. Even without two of our starters, I thought we competed really well with them, so having our full lineup back, I think we will give them a run."
Following the quarterfinals, the women's semifinal matches will be played at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the championship match will get underway at 10 a.m. on Sunday.