Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon women's tennis team has released its 2018 schedule. The 12 match slate will begin on September 1st and will include six home contests at the Dudley Bell Tennis Center. Laura Laramee returns for her fifth season as Hornets head coach.
The complete 2018 schedule can be found HERE.
Lyndon opens at Castleton University on September 1st. The Spartans reached the North Atlantic Conference semifinals a year ago, but are departing the NAC for the Little East Conference this season.
The Hornets will open the home campaign a day later when they host Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. MCLA as an associate member of the NAC in women's tennis and reached the conference semifinals in 2017.
Lyndon will take to the road for a pair of matches on September 8th and 9th, at Northern Vermont University-Johnson and Plattsburgh State University respectively. The Badgers finished 10-8 overall a year ago, including 3-4 in NAC play. The Cardinals, members of the State University of New York Athletic Conference, finished 6-5 in 2017.
Johnson will come to the Bell Tennis Center on September 11th for their second meeting with the Hornets, this one a NAC contest. Both matches will earn points towards the President's Challenge Cup, a competition between the two NVU campus athletic programs.
The Hornets travel to Maine on September 15th and 16th to face Thomas College and Husson University. The Terriers finished 2-7 a year ago, whil the Eagles were 7-5 and runners up in the NAC Championship Tournament.
Lyndon will host Plymouth State University in a non-conference matchup on Spetmeber 20th. The Panthers are members of the Little East and posted a 10-5 record last season.
The Hornets will travel to traveling to Lesley University the following day. Lesley will be in their innaugural season as a NAC associate member in women's tennis.
Lyndon travels to MCLA on September 26th, then closes the regular season with a pair of matches against Husson and Thomas on the 29th and 30th.
The top four finishers in the NAC conference standings will qualify for the conference championship tournament on October 6th. The semi-finals will be played in the morning, with the championship match to follow in the afternoon. The regular season champion will host the tournament.
Lyndon will be looking to improve on their 2017 campaign, which saw the Hornets finish with a 1-17 overall record. They posted a 1-6 mark in NAC play to finish in seventh place.