GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The 31st annual Debbie Southern Fall Classic women's tennis tournament will be held this weekend at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, S.C. The tournament will feature 11 teams, in a flighted competition (i.e. no team winner, just individual flight champions for singles and doubles).
Ten teams competing in the tournament were ranked in the top 50 in the 2017 final ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings: Ohio State (3rd), Vanderbilt (4th), North Carolina (5th), Mississippi State (20th), Texas (22nd), Tennessee (24th), Florida State (30th), Clemson (31st), Ole Miss (32nd), and Wake Forest (33rd). The 11-team field includes 20 singles players and 10 doubles teams ranked in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis rankings.
Doubles play will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, followed by singles action at 1 p.m. Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is free to the event.
"Last weekend was just what our team needed to start the fall season, and I am looking forward to seeing them apply what they learned against some of the top teams and players in the country this weekend," said Furman head coach Adam Herendeen, two-time reigning Southern Conference Coach of the Year. "Our home tournament is one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of college tennis, so we hope to have a lot of our fans out.
"I am excited about the tournament being renamed to honor Coach Southern for many years to come," added Herendeen. "She did an incredible job to build this prestigious event, and we are excited for the 31st edition of it!"
The Paladins return seven players from last season's team that posted a 23-6 overall record and won the SoCon regular season championship for the second-consecutive season with a perfect 7-0 mark in league play. Furman, who won the SoCon tournament title and went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, swept the SoCon post-season awards for the second-straight year. Danni Vines, the 2017 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, and Katty Weymouth, who won the award the previous year, are ranked 55th nationally in the ITA preseason doubles poll.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information