| Men's Schedule
FAIRFAX, Va. –
George Mason University tennis skipper Stephen Curtis
has announced the 2017 fall schedules for the men's and women's tennis programs.
The women's team will play a quartet of tournaments, while the men are currently scheduled to compete in three. Both teams will meet back in Fairfax to host the Mason alumni weekend and Green & Gold match Oct. 28-29.
"Our schedules are increasing in difficulty to better prepare our student-athletes for our very tough Atlantic 10 schedule," Curtis said. "We need to continue to push our current and incoming players so that as a program we move to that next competitive level."
The women start things off Sept. 16-17 with a trip to nearby Fredricksburg for the Mary Washington Fall Kickoff Classic. That event will feature competition from Mary Washington, Washington & Lee and Franklin & Marshall.
The Patriots then will compete against Loyola, Mt. Saint Mary's and Lafayette in the Loyola Fed Cup Sept. 29-Oct. 1. After the Navy Blue & Gold Invitational Oct. 6-8, Mason will wrap up its fall tournament slate at the annual ITA Regional Oct. 12-15 in Blacksburg, Va.
On the men's side, the Patriots will open with a trip to Annapolis for the Navy Invitational Sept. 22-24. After returning to the Academy for the Navy Fall Tournament Oct. 13-15, the Patriots compete in the ITA Regional Oct. 19-23 in Lynchburg, Va.
The Patriots return four starters from last year's squad, including All-Atlantic 10 second team selection Pally Ray
. Mason also will enjoy the talents of senior Daniel Gutierrez
and sophomores Jakob Nielsen
and Edward Ayers
. The Patriots also bring back talented sophomore Alex Pinsonneault, who missed much of 2016-17 due to injury, and welcome top-150 USTA ranked freshman Carter Bradford
(Dhahran, Saudi Arabia) to the roster.
On the women's side, the Patriots also return a quartet of starters, including senior Sydney Green
, junior Nicole Haigwood
and sophomores Rachel Lee
and Liz Lowe
. Mason also will welcome six freshmen, featuring Hannah Cianciola
(Canfield, Ohio), Brianna Gibbs
(Holmdel, N.J.), Kayleigh Hahn
(Dacula, Ga.), Christine McCarthy
(Menlo Park, Calif.), Anna Ugne Radzeviciute
(Vilnius, Lithuania) and Hannah Yang