Tennis Opens MAC Play with Two-Match Homestand
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron tennis team begins the Mid-American Conference portion of its schedule with a two-match homestand this weekend, as the Zips play host to Miami (Ohio) on Friday and Ball State on Saturday. First serve for both contests is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
With an expected Friday afternoon temperature in the high 70s, the matchup with the RedHawks is scheduled to be held outdoors at Springside Racquet Club in nearby Fairlawn. Colder temperature and rain is forecast for Saturday and likewise the meeting with the Cardinals is expected to be played at UA's indoor home of LaTuchie Tennis Center in nearby Stow.
Akron is 14-1 overall this season including a 7-0 mark at home, while Miami is 5-9 overall and puts its 24-match conference win streak on the line.
The top-two teams in the MAC each of the last two seasons, UA topped MU 4-3 in last year's league tournament title match, after the RedHawks defeated the Zips 4-3 during the regular season. Miami was also the regular-season champion the last two years as well as tournament champ in 2010.
Akron was picked to capture both the 2012 MAC regular-season title and league tournament championship in a preseason coach's poll released by the conference office in January, with Miami chosen as the second favorite.
UA enters the weekend winners in back-to-back outings and has been idle since a 7-0 win at Northern Arizona on March 12. One day earlier the Zips topped New Mexico 5-2 on a neutral court to start off their Spring Break trip to the state of Arizona.
Akron's No. 1 doubles pair of Zara Harutyunyan and Prang Pantusart is ranked 80th nationally in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll (March 13) and boasts a 13-0 record this season.
Ball State is 5-7 and plays at Buffalo on Friday before making the trip to Akron.
The Zips continue league competition on the road next weekend, at Western Michigan (March 30) and Bowling Green (March 31).