EAST GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T women’s tennis travels to four events this fall starting with the HBCU Fall National Tournament to get ready for a 2020 schedule that includes nearby schools Elon and UNC Greensboro, two ACC schools and a competitive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) slate.
The HBCU tournament runs from Thursday, Sept. 12 until Sunday, Sept. 15 in Fulton, Ga. The Aggies travel to Petersburg, Va., the following weekend for the Dr. Robert Walter Johnson Invitational from Sept. 20-22 and end the fall season with two tournaments in the state of North Carolina.
N.C. A&T travels to Cullowhee from Oct. 6-7 for the Western Carolina Invitational and finishes with the NCCU Invitational from Oct. 24-25 in Durham.
The Aggies start the spring season with a quick trip to Elon on Jan. 14 and host College of Charleston for the home opener on Jan. 16. The next 11 matches are on the road, but four of them are in North Carolina and four are in South Carolina. The Aggies start the road swing with a match at Clemson on Jan. 17 followed by a contest at Radford on Feb. 14.
The next two matches are in North Carolina with a trip to Charlotte to face the Charlotte 49ers on Feb. 15 and a journey to Cullowhee on Feb. 17 to take on Western Carolina. The Aggies make another road trip, this time to Bristle, Tenn., as they face King University on Feb. 23.
N.C. A&T makes a crosstown trip to face UNC Greensboro on Feb. 28 and before heading to Farmville, Va., to face Longwood on March 2. The next day they face Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C.
The Aggies travel to Conway, S.C., to face Coastal Carolina and Ashland on March 7 and stay in South Carolina to compete against S.C. State in Orangeburg on March 8 for the MEAC opener to finish the 11-match road swing.
N.C. A&T returns home for the final home match of the season to face N.C. Central for the only MEAC match at home on March 13 before taking a short trip to play Wake Forest on March 17. The Aggies finish the regular season in Savannah, Ga., facing former MEAC opponent Savannah State on March 21 and then two conference opponents in Bethune-Cookman (March 22) and Florida A&M (March 23).
The MEAC championships are April 17-19 in Norfolk, Va.
The Aggies return sophomores Brenna Bryant, Kaya Ellis, Marlene Estenssoro, junior Cameryn Thompson and seniors Renata Ruiz Rabadan and Alexandria Stanton. Ruiz and Ellis both recorded three wins last year and Estenssoro recorded two wins.
N.C. A&T lost three seniors from last year’s team of Kanishka Chawla, Angelica Martinez and Fabiana Ramirez. Ramirez recorded a team-high five wins, while Martinez recorded three wins last season. Ramirez and Martinez paired up to record four wins in doubles.