JERSEY CITY, NJ – Saint Peter's men's tennis head coach Mike Scolamieri has released the 2018 winter/spring schedule for the team. The Peacocks will play in 20 total matches, with 16 at home in Jersey City.
"The schedule is extremely difficult this spring, but the men have improved since last winter," said Scolamieri. "Everyone on the team worked hard in the offseason and they are in eager anticipation of the winter and spring seasons. We will find out how much they have improved right away at Navy. If we make the conference tournament, that will be a significant improvement although it isn't the only gauge for improvement."
Saint Peter's will open up on the road in Annapolis, MD with a match against Navy on Sunday, January 21. The team ended the fall schedule at the Navy Invite and will open the season with a dual match against the Midshipmen.
The Peacocks will then have six straight matches at home in the Yanitelli Recreational Life Center Bubble. The six-game home stretch will begin with Queens (NY) on Sunday, February 4 and then Loyola (MD) will be welcomed to Jersey City on Saturday, February 10. The team will have their fourth conference match of the season on February 15 against Marist. The squad will close out the home stand welcoming three different teams to the Bubble on three consecutive days; Coppin State on Saturday, February 17, Saint Joseph's on Sunday, February 18, and Hofstra on Monday, February 19.
The men's team will then travel to Brooklyn, NY for a match against St. Francis Brooklyn on February 24 at McCarren Park.
After the contest in Brooklyn, the Peacocks will have another four-match home stretch beginning with La Salle on February 25. Next, the team will have another three matches on three consecutive days with Wagner, Delaware, and Sacred Heart from March 16-18.
The unit will hit the road for two out of the next three matches starting with a short trip to Teaneck, NJ to face Fairleigh Dickinson on March 21. The team will then come back home to square up against Fordham on March 24, before the team plays in the final away match at MAAC foe Fairfield on March 25.
The Peacocks will end their season with five home matches in the month of April. Their final non-conference match is against Baruch College on April 5. The team will end with four straight conference matches against Rider, Siena, Monmouth, and Niagara on April 7, 8, 14, and 15, respectively.
For the full schedule with first serve times, visit saintpeterspeacocks.com.
The men's team was voted seventh in the MAAC preseason coaches' poll receiving 20 votes after ending the fall season with a 1-2 overall mark and 0-1 MAAC record. The two-time defending MAAC Men's Tennis Champions, Monmouth University, was picked as the preseason favorite by the leagues head coaches, receiving six first place votes.
Men's Coaches' Poll:
1. Monmouth - 61 (6)
2. Marist – 57 (2)
3. Quinnipiac - 50
4. Fairfield – 38
5. Siena – 28
6. Niagara - 24
7. Saint Peter's – 20
8. Rider – 10