The College of Staten Island women’s tennis squad will begin defense of their back-to-back CUNYAC champion status beginning this September in what they hope will be a season that extends into late-May. The Dolphins have released their 2015 schedule, and CSI will have plenty to look forward to with a healthy slate of competitive dates.
CSI’s season will start with two non-conference matches, starting on the road against Yeshiva University on September 1. Three days later, the Dolphins sport their home opener against visiting Sarah Lawrence College at the CSI Tennis Center at 4:00pm. After the Labor Day break CSI will usher in the conference slate with their CUNYAC opener on the road against Brooklyn College on September 10.
Five of CSI’s next seven matches from there take place at home, including a pair of big dates against CUNYAC rivals Hunter College (9/23, 1pm) and Baruch College (9/29, 4pm). A few days later CSI will host Oneonta State for the first time in school history on October 2 on Staten Island, starting a string of five matches in seven days.
The Dolphins will wrap up their conference slate with Senior Day on Saturday, October 17, at 1pm, in their CUNYAC-finale against CCNY, and CSI’s final tune-up before the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament will be a road date against Kean University on October 20.
The CUNYAC Postseason Tournament will feature seven of the conference’s eight teams competing in a single-elimination tourney. The top seed will earn a bye for quarterfinal play held on college campuses on October 23, with the semifinals and final taking place on October 24 and 27 respectively at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. CSI has taken the last two CUNYAC titles, breaking up a 13-year run by Hunter College. CSI defeated the Hawks in a 5-4 marathon last year in the CUNYAC Final.
Admission to all CSI home games are free and PG-CLUE Certified for all students. The winner of the CUNYAC Postseason Tournament will advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in early-May at yet to be determined regional sites.