’Hawks prepare for pair of tough matches
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 19:03
Coming off of a weekend in which it defeated Boston University and fell to No. 27 Yale University, the Miami University women’s tennis team stays on the road this weekend as it travels to Atlanta, Ga. to face No. 27 North Texas University and No. 21 Georgia Tech University. These are the fourth and fifth matches of the current road stand, in which the RedHawks (4-7) are 1-2. The team is 2-5 in away matches this season.
“We have a very competitive non-conference schedule and playing North Texas and Georgia Tech is a great opportunity for us,” assistant coach Ricardo Rosas said. “Playing these kinds of teams bring the best out of our girls [and] bring out our competitive spirit.”
North Texas (6-1) is currently on a six-match winning streak in which it defeated two nationally ranked teams: No. 41 University of Minnesota and the No. 30 University of Arizona. Against Arizona on Sunday, the Mean Green earned the doubles point due to the efforts of seniors Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova along with the team of sophomores Kseniya Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer. In singles play, Starkova and Sprinkmeyer also picked up victories as well as freshman Agustina Valenzuela. Before making the trip to Atlanta, North Texas hosts in-state rival No. 28 Texas Christian University Wednesday afternoon.
Georgia Tech (3-4) has been up and down so far this season, beating No. 22 University of Tennessee and dropping matches against the No. 18 University of Notre Dame, No. 22 Vanderbilt University, Atlantic Coast Conference foe No. 20 Clemson University and the No. 5 University of Georgia. Against Georgia on Saturday, the Yellow Jackets failed to win the doubles point but managed to force the Bulldogs to three sets in four matches, with freshman Kendal Woodard and junior Muriel Wacker prevailing against junior Maho Kowase and freshman Mia King, respectively. Sophomore Jasmine Minor earned the only other point in the match.
“We’re learning to trust our game in adversity,” Rosas said. “We have to fight, take every opportunity we have, build our confidence and trust, and execute our game plan.”
Junior Christiana Raymond also discussed the opportunities presented this weekend.
“We are looking forward to heading to Georgia this weekend,” she said. “We are taking on two tough teams but are going into each match with a positive and tough mentality. All of these matches are prepping us even more for our MAC regular season which starts in about five weeks. We are focused on one match at a time and are working hard to improve and grow together as a team.”
The RedHawks make their way to the Ken Byers Tennis Complex in Atlanta, Ga. Saturday to play North Texas 11 a.m. and will face Georgia Tech 8:30 a.m. Sunday.