KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 14, 2016) – The USMMA 2016 men's tennis schedule was released on Monday. The slate features 14 head-to-head matches over the next month and a half, including eight against Landmark Conference opponents in the Mariners' last season in the league before moving to the Skyline Conference for the 2016-17 academic year.
Merchant Marine will play an even amount of home and away games this year. The seven home contests will take place at the Brooks Stadium Courts on campus.
The season gets underway next Tuesday, March 22, with a road match at Lehman College. The Mariners will then travel to New London, Conn., for their Superintendents' Trophy contest against arch-rival Coast Guard on Thursday, March 24.
The 2016 home-opener will be held on Wednesday, March 30, against non-conference opponent John Jay. USMMA continues a five-match homestand in early April, when the squad welcomes in Catholic for its first Landmark match of the season on Saturday, April 2. The following day, April 3, the Mariners will host Elizabethtown in another Landmark tilt.
After a mid-week, non-conference home match against Berkeley on Thursday, April 7, Merchant Marine will play host to the Moravian Greyhounds in a Landmark matchup on Saturday, April 9.
The Mariners will then hit the road for four straight matches beginning with a weekend of Landmark contests at Scranton (Saturday, April 16) and at reigning conference champion Juniata (Sunday, April 17).
Trips to Madison, N.J., await USMMA the following Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21, for a Landmark showdown against Drew University, followed by a non-conference match against FDU-Florham, respectively.
The next weekend will feature the final two home matches of the season against league foe Goucher on Saturday, April 23, and non-conference opponent York (N.Y.) on Sunday, April 24. That Sunday matchup against the Cardinals will be Senior Day.
The regular season concludes with a trip to Selinsgrove, Pa., to take on Susquehanna University on Saturday, April 30.
The top four teams in the Landmark standings at the end of the regular season qualify for the Landmark Tournament. Semifinal matches are scheduled for Wednesday, May 4, while the championship match will be held on Saturday, May 7. All Landmark Tournament games will be hosted by the higher seeds.
Earlier last month, the Landmark Conference announced that USMMA was picked to finish in fourth place by the league's head coaches in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Mariners are coming off their best season in program history in 2015. They placed fourth in the Landmark and qualified for the conference tournament for the first time in ever. They concluded the year in the ECAC Championship title match and finished with a 13-6 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in Landmark action.
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