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The Stetson tennis teams are set to begin conference competition this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders on Thursday and Saturday.  The teams will open with Atlantic Sun Conference newcomer Northern Kentucky on Thursday and will then host Lipscomb on Saturday.

For the women, Stetson enters with a 5-4 record, winning its last two matches against Cal State Northridge and Cleveland State. Northern Kentucky is 0-6, and the Norse will be looking for their first win when they come to DeLand. The match is scheduled to begin at noon at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.

On the men's side, the Hatters enter Thursday's contest with a perfect 8-0 record, the last of which was a 7-0 sweep of Cleveland State. The Norse are 2-7 on the season, recently coming off a 4-3 loss to Bethune-Cookman. Thursday's men's match is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m., or as soon as the women finish.

"We are looking forward to our first ever matches against NKU," Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said of the conference opener. "I believe both the men's and women's teams will give us a great battle."

Saturday will feature the men and women against the Lipscomb Bisons. The women's team currently holds a 4-5 record, and will face Florida Gulf Coast before the match against the Hatters. Stetson defeated Lipscomb last season by a score of 5-2. Saturday's match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

Lipscomb's men's tennis team is currently 3-6 in 2013. Like the women, the Stetson men's tennis team defeated Lipscomb by a score of 5-2 last season. The Hatters' match with the Bisons is scheduled to start 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

"We always look forward to our battle versus Lipscomb," Pilote said. "They are always well coached and will surely give us all that we can handle."

For fans unable to make it to the matches, there will be live stats, the @StetsonTennis Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts available for in-match updates.


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