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UTM netters planning to rock in the weekend

UTM netters planning to rock in the weekend

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 12:03 pm

The UT Martin tennis team will play host to a Rock ‘N’ Roll event this weekend, entertaining three schools in a round-robin format at the Skyhawk Tennis Complex.
The Skyhawks will match up against fellow Ohio Valley Conference member Southeast Miss-ouri, Lipscomb and North Alabama Friday and Satur-day.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, the first 300 fans will receive a free hot dog, courtesy of Skyhawk athletics.
The event will feature music playing in the background that will provide a fun, festive atmosphere for all spectators.
All of the matches will follow the Fed Cup format, which allows one doubles and four singles matches to occur simultaneously. Instead of the traditional best-of-seven format, the Fed Cup is a best-of-five series.
The action begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, when the Skyhawks will take on North Alabama while Southeast Missouri plays Lipscomb.
The teams will then play a full day on Saturday, beginning with 8:30 a.m. matches (UT Martin vs. Southeast Missouri, North Alabama vs. Lipscomb).
The teams will then play their original Friday partners at noon, then will alternate to its lone remaining opponent (UT Martin vs. Lipscomb, Southeast Missouri vs. North Ala-bama) at 3 p.m.
With sunny skies and a temperature in the high-60s in the forecast, UT Martin head coach Dennis Taylor believes the weather will be perfect for all spectators to come out and enjoy the non-stop action.
“The Fed Cup format is really fun to watch,” Taylor said.
“Everybody will be playing at the same time and the matches are over fairly quickly, so there will be plenty of opportunities for our fans to see our team this weekend.”
UT Martin had several players compete in the USTA/ITA Regional Championships last week, winning five matches.
Junior Johanie Van Zyl was part of three of those wins, two in singles and one in doubles play.
Anna Winkelmann, also a junior, was part of two wins with one each in singles and doubles. Published in The WCP 10.20.11

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