ATHENS---After a year when there was no place like home, the University of Georgia women's tennis team will hit the road quite often during the upcoming season as head coach Jeff Wallace announced the 2010-11 schedule Monday. Overall, the fall slate features six individual tournaments with only one event coming to the Classic City. Georgia will begin the season Sept. 10-12 at the Southeastern Conference Fall Coaches Classic in Auburn, Ala. The Bulldogs will play host to the ITA Southeast Regional Championships Oct. 22-25. "With six newcomers this season, it will be nice for them to get a chance to play one of the fall tournaments at home," said Wallace. "We're excited to get to host the ITA event again, and we're looking forward to having our players face the top competitors from around the region on our courts." Last year, Georgia played host to one of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend events along with the SEC Championships and the NCAA Championships. This year, the Bulldogs will head to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the ITA Kick-Off event (Jan. 29-30) while Tennessee plays host to the SEC Championships (April 21-24) and Stanford will be the site of the 2011 NCAA Championships (May 19-30). In college tennis, the fall season consists of individual events. The Bulldogs final tune-up before the dual match indoor season opens will be the Georgia Invitational, a round-robin tournament Jan. 14-16 at the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts. Georgia's first team dual contest will be on Jan. 21 when Memphis comes to town for an indoor match. The rest of the non-conference home slate features Georgia Tech (Feb. 4), Butler (March 15) and Yale (March 16). Team matches move outdoors in late February/early March weather permitting. In SEC action, Georgia will welcome Vanderbilt (March 11), Kentucky (March 13), Arkansas (March 27), Ole Miss (April 1) and Mississippi State (April 3) to Athens. Georgia has four veterans returning including a pair of All-Americans in juniors Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist. Also, the Bulldogs welcome back senior Cameron Ellis and sophomore Kelli Jordan with six freshmen rounding out the squad: Alexandra Anghelescu (Johns Creek, Ga.), Kate Fuller (Suwanee, Ga.), Rachael Hart (Alpharetta, Ga.), Alina Jerjomina (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Lilly Kimbell (New Braunfels, Texas) and Maho Kowase (Kashiwa, Japan). Wallace is in his 26th season at the helm, and the Bulldogs have won five national team titles and 14 SEC crowns in his tenure. They have made 24 straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, which is the fifth longest active streak in the country.
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