DAVIDSON, N.C. – UNCG's women's tennis team will open the fall portion of the 2010-11 season this weekend when it travels to the Davidson Fall Invitational.
The Spartans will play against Elon, Davidson and Gardner-Webb in flighted competition on Friday and Saturday. It will be the first of seven events the Spartans are slated to play in this fall.
UNCG returns five players from last season's squad, including top player Lucy Dougherty who missed most of last season due to injury. Dougherty is still a few weeks away from returning to the lineup, which will give Niltooli Wilkins a chance to play near the top of the lineup. She transferred to UNCG from the University of Minnesota this summer. Wilkins won an ITA Summer Series event in Arlington, Texas, last month, knocking off two of Tennessee's incoming freshmen on the way to the championship. She went 14-9 in singles for Minnesota in 2008-09, but did not appear in a match last season.
Coach Jeff Trivette talks about preseason practice and the upcoming fall slate.
Alex Whitehead, who had to play in the No. 1 singles position most of last season after the injury to Dougherty, Stephanie MacFarlane, Annette Rios and Mikayla Rogers return for UNCG. Rogers went 18-15 last season, including 8-4 during the fall slate. Rios had an outstanding spring, going 16-5 in dual matches to finish the year 23-8 overall.