Tennis schedule black and white

After finishing in second place in the WCC in 2019, GU men's tennis will face each conference opponent once with five of those matchups coming at home.

Gonzaga men’s and women’s tennis teams both had their respective schedules officially announced on Friday. The men’s team schedule features 27 contests with 17 being set to take place at home at the Stevens Center. The women’s team schedule consists of 24 games with 16 of those being home matchups.

Women’s tennis gets started in Spokane on Jan. 15 against the University of Montana and then take part in their only scheduled double-header of the season two days later when they take on the Grizzlies again before facing Eastern Washington later that day.

The team will play their fourth consecutive home game against the University of Oregon on Jan. 30 before heading to Tucson, Arizona, for a three game tournament. After that, the Zags will return home for a five game home stand between Feb. 12 and March 7 against various regional opponents such as Washington State, Idaho and Eastern Washington again. 

Between GU’s 15 scheduled nonconference games, the team will be competing against four different conferences — the PAC-12, Big Sky, Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain West.

“It is a very ambitious and challenging schedule, full of some of the best programs in the country,” women’s head coach DJ Gurule said in a press release. “We definitely have our work cut out, but I know we will rise to the challenge.”

The Zags then kick off West Coast Conference play against San Diego on March 13 while on the road. They’ll take on each of the nine WCC opponents once between then and April 24 with four of those matchups coming at home. GU will play Pepperdine in Malibu on April 17 after the Waves defeated the Zags to claim the WCC title in 2019. 

During conference play, GU will also square off against a couple of nonconference opponents with an away matchup against Boise State March 20 and another contest against WSU set for April 13 in Pullman.

“We are beyond excited for this year’s schedule,” Gurule said. “The team has put an incredible amount of work in this fall, and I am looking forward to watching them compete.”

GU’s men’s program get their spring season underway on Jan. 16 at home against Whitworth. The team will then play Eastern Washington at the Stevens Center on Jan. 23 before travelling to Albuquerque, New Mexico for games against New Mexico and Texas Tech on Jan. 29 and 30. The men’s team has a double-header scheduled for Feb. 6 as both Seattle University and Utah State are coming to town.

After a quick trip to Boise State on Feb. 21, the Zags will return home for three more games before facing off against the University of Washington in Seattle on March 7. The Zags will stay on the road for two more matchups against Cal Poly and Grand Canyon University, and then will return home to face Eastern Washington again on March 19, with a double-header against Nebraska Omaha scheduled to go down the next day.

The team’s nonconference schedule includes teams from six different athletic conferences including the same four that the women’s team will take on, plus the Big 12 and the Summit League.

WCC action gets underway for the men’s team, who finished second in the conference in 2019, on March 27 at home against Portland. GU is then set to face the 2019 WCC champions, San Diego, at home on April 2, and will take on a BYU team that finished third in the WCC in 2019 at home on April 3.

The Zags will head on the road for two games, before getting the chance to play two more series at home against Loyola Marymount and Perpperdine on April 16 and 18 respectively. GU will finish out the regular season on the road against Saint Mary’s and Pacific on April 23 and 24. 

Asher Ali is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @asher_ali3.

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