Jaudon unveils the spring 2023 women’s tennis calendar
HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison Head Coach Shelley Jaudon announced the spring 2023 schedule for the women’s tennis program, which includes 21 doubles matches as it enters its first season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
For the first time, the Dukes will play a full conference slate, consisting of 11 Sun Belt games. They will also play eight home games between the East Campus tennis courts and the Hillside courts. The spring 2023 roster also includes six games against teams that competed in the 2022 NCAA Championship.
“I’m very excited to announce our upcoming spring schedule with the highlight of playing our first season in the Sun Belt Conference being a focal point for our players,” Jaudon said. “We’ve been working hard this fall to improve so that we’re ready to start the season strong in our non-conference games before playing our first-ever conference schedule. The Sun Belt brings new challenges and rivalries that we don’t. can’t wait to go head-to-head as we continue to aim for the championships.”
The schedule opens Jan. 20 with a short trip up the mountain to Charlottesville, as JMU takes on Virginia, who reached the 2022 NCAA Quarterfinals. will meet, as they did at the ITA launch weekend last year.
The next day, January 21, JMU opens its home program against a familiar foe in George Washington. The Dukes have won nine straight against the Colonials since 2010.
On January 29, JMU hosts another Commonwealth opponent in Richmond as he is currently riding a seven-game winning streak with the Spiders.
The Dukes then embark on a nearly two-month road trip, consisting of nine games and its first three conference fights.
JMU hits the road to open February with trips to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State (February 3), followed by a game in Louisville (February 5). After a week off, the Dukes travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a duel against Xavier (February 19). The month ends with a trip north, as JMU takes on Cornell (February 24) and Penn State (February 26).
Sun Belt Conference play opens in March for the Dukes, as they fly to San Marcos, Texas to fight Texas State (March 10). Two days later, the Dukes face Louisiana (March 12) in Lafayette. The road trip ends in mid-March, when JMU hits the ground running with VCU (March 16) and App State (March 18).
A five-game homestand follows, as JMU hosts Southern Miss (March 25) and South Alabama (March 26) at Harrisonburg on back-to-back days. The following weekend, the Dukes kick off April by hosting ULM (April 1) and Arkansas State (April 2). A midweek game with Charlotte (April 6) concludes non-conference play.
The Dukes hit the road for three straight SBC games at Old Dominion (April 8), Georgia Southern (April 14) and Coastal Carolina (April 16) before closing out the regular season at home against Marshall (April 22).
The 2023 Sun Belt Conference Championship will be played April 27-30 in Peachtree City, Georgia, with the champion receiving an automatic offer for the NCAA championship.