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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant softball team, under second-year head coach Christine Engbers, recently released its 2018 schedule. Covenant will play 38 regular season contests, with 14 of those taking place at home.
The schedule features three non-conference opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament last season, including the season opener against Greenville on Feb. 2 in Memphis, Tenn. The Lady Scots will also have the challenge of playing their first 14 games away from Lookout Mountain.
The season gets started on Feb. 2-3 in Memphis, Tenn., as Covenant will face Greenville and Rhodes once each on consecutive days. The road trip continues the following week with trips to Berry (Feb. 6) and Birmingham Southern (Feb. 7) before going to Maryville for non-conference games with Berea and Maryville (Feb. 9-10). Berry also advanced to the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
The home slate begins on Feb. 17 with a doubleheader against Emory & Henry, which earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament last year. The Lady Scots will also host Judson (Ala.) on Feb. 22 to round out the February home schedule.
After a trip to perennial national power Emory on Feb. 24, USA South play begins on March 3 at home against Wesleyan. Covenant will also have home conference doubleheaders against Maryville (March 16) and Agnes Scott (March 24). League newcomer Brevard will make the trip to Lookout Mountain for two games on March 17, but those will not count towards league standings as Brevard reclassifies from NCAA Division II to Division III.
The USA South Tournament will begin on April 6-7 at campus sites. The top six teams in each division qualify and the top three teams in each division host a best-of-3 first round series. The winners of each series move on to the double-elimination portion of the bracket starting on April 13 in LaGrange, Ga.
- 2017 NCAA Tournament teams that Covenant will face this year are Greenville (Feb. 2-3), Berry (Feb. 6) and Emory & Henry (Feb. 17).
- Plenty of new teams on this year's schedule. Covenant will face Greenville, Rhodes, Emory & Henry, and Brevard for the first time in program history.
- The most common opponent on the schedule this year is Wesleyan, who Covenant faces on Feb. 13 and March 3. Covenant is 21-1 all-time against the Wolves.
- The 14-game road trip to begin the year is the longest such trip to start a season in program history. It is also in stark contrast to last season when the Lady Scots played 20 of their first 26 games at home.
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