Miami travels to Memphis for fall finale
Published: Friday, November 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, November 1, 2013 00:11
The Miami University tennis team faces its last test of the fall season this weekend as it makes its way to the University of Memphis for the Memphis Invitational.
Miami looked impressive in singles play in the fall season. Senior Christiana Raymond won her last seven matches on the way to a 9-1 record while sophomore Chloe Heerden also reeled off seven straight wins to earn a 9-2 record. Junior Alix Thurman is 7-4 on the season. Junior Christine Guerrazzi won four consecutive matches to push her record to 7-2. Freshman Andreea Badileanu responded nicely to dropping her opening match by going on a run of seven straight victories. Junior Ramona Costea rebounded from a 2-3 start with three consecutive wins. Sophomore Ana Rajkovic is 3-3 on the season.
Collectively, the ’Hawks have a .746 winning percentage in singles.
The doubles teams for Miami have struggled with consistency. Teams that feature Raymond are 7-3 on the fall season, while the rest are a combined 6-10.
“We’ve been working on improving our concentration and getting mentally tough,” head coach Anca Dumitrescu said. “We need to be able to execute the gameplan under pressure. This tournament gives us another opportunity to compete and give it our best effort. [In doubles] we’re executing better at the net and we’re doing a better job of moving forward. We need to continue to stay aggressive and execute plays.”
In the Ball State Invitational, Raymond, Guerrazzi, Heerden and Badileanu took home four singles championships.
The tandem of Guerrazzi and Rajkovic earned the consolation doubles title. The RedHawks had a strong showing in the Miami Invitational, their only home tournament of the fall season, as they took 15 of 19 matches in singles play, but only recorded four doubles victories in nine matches.
Thurman emerged victorious in the back draw of the ITA Ohio Valley Regional while Raymond made it to the Round of 16 in the main draw.
No Miami doubles team advanced further than the second round.
“[This week in practice] we’re working on being aggressive, our approach in doubles, and winning the important points especially in tiebreakers,” Guerrazzi said. “[In tournaments,] we need to respect every opponent and implement what we do in practice because every match is different. In singles we’re working on moving the ball, getting to the net, mentally preparing and getting into a routine, and focus on each point.”
The RedHawks begin play in the Memphis Invitational Friday morning and continue through Sunday.