BALTIMORE, MD. – Head Coach Steve Baum has announced his 2019 fall schedule for the Goucher College women's tennis team. The slate is highlighted by six of the seven dates being played on the Goucher Tennis Courts which could be used for the final time. The Evelyn Dyke Schroedl '62 Tennis Center is currently under construction and could be ready for the spring season.
"Our goal this fall is to finish with a winning record and for us to have a solid showing in the Goucher Invitational," said Baum. "This year our focus will be to continuously get better than we were yesterday, in all areas of our game from mental toughness to tactical awareness."
The Gophers begin its second season under Baum on September 8 against Rutgers-Camden. Goucher defeated Rutgers-Camden 6-3 in New Jersey last season.
The squad hits the road for the only time in the fall when it heads to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to face Dickinson on September 14. The match was postposed last season and was not made up.
Goucher will then host the annual Goucher Invitational on September 30-October 1, an event that dates back to the 2007 campaign.
Wrapping up the fall schedule on Family Weekend will be matches against Lebanon Valley (October 5) and York (Pa.) (October 6). The Gophers defeated York last year 8-1 and will be facing Lebanon Valley for the first time since the fall of 2010.
"The fall season is excellent for us to really work on our doubles, but also for the players to get outside their comfort zones," said Baum. "Matches in the fall tend to have less pressure than the spring, so it allows us to experiment with trying new things so that when the spring season comes it won't feel as alien to us."
Goucher is coming off a 10-10 overall campaign and a 4-3 mark in conference play. The squad made the Landmark Conference Championships for the first time since 2013 and return the 2019 conference Rookie of the Year and all-conference second-team selection Anais Gill (Cambridge, England/ Hills Road Sixth Form College).