BOSTON, Mass.—After posting their second-most wins in program history, UMass Boston women's tennis is aiming to make a push in the Little East Conference this fall.
The Beacons finished off 2016 with an 8-11 record and 4-4 mark in conference play. Their eight wins tied the 2010 team for the second-most wins in program history and their 4-4 conference record tied the 2015 team for their best ever-conference record.
UMass Boston will host eight home matches this fall, including a home doubleheader on Opening Day.
The Beacons will welcome Lyndon State College (10 am) and Farmingdale State University (3 pm) on Saturday, September 2. The Beacons will look to improve to 2-0 all-time against Lyndon State, before turning their focus towards the Rams, who have made it to four-straight NCAA Tournaments. Farmingdale State holds a 2-0 record all-time against the Beacons, including a 7-2 win in 2016.
UMass Boston will play their first road match of the season five days later, when they travel across town to take on Simmons College on Thursday September 7 at 4:30 p.m. The match against Simmons will be the first meeting between the two Boston schools since October 2003, and the fourth overall.
Two days later, UMass Boston will open Little East play at Bridgewater State University. The Beacons will be looking for their first-ever victory against the Bears, as they open their eight-game conference slate.
UMass Boston will close out non-conference play with home matches against Lesley University (September 12) and Curry College (September 15). The match against Lesley will mark the first meeting between the two Massachusetts schools since 1998. Three days later, UMass Boston will aim for their third win in as many years over Curry.
After the Curry match, UMass Boston will play seven-straight conference matches, including four at home. Head coach Eric Berg's squad will begin with pivotal home matches against Western Connecticut State University (September 19) and Worcester State University (September 23) as part of a season-long four-game home stand.
After closing the month with road trips to Salem State University and Plymouth State University, UMass Boston will host the University of Southern Maine (October 3) and Rhode Island College (September 7).
The Beacons will wrap up regular-season play in the fall on Saturday September 14 when they travel to take on rival UMass Dartmouth at 1 pm. The two teams have met in the LEC Quarterfinals in each of the past two seasons and three of the past four years.
UMass Boston returns six of their eight players from last year, including First Team All-Conference Singles Player Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.). Garcia enters her senior season in the top-five in program history for career victories (50), singles wins (27) and doubles wins (23).