Tennis trains for ITA Ohio Valley Regional
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 01:10
After successful performances in the Ball State and Miami Invitationals, the Miami University women’s tennis team continues its fall season with an appearance in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Ohio Valley Regional. It is the second to last tournament before the end of the fall season.
The RedHawks had some strong performances in singles play so far this season. Senior Christiana Raymond and freshmen Chloe Heerden and Andreea Badileanu are all a perfect 7-0 on the season. Junior Christine Guerrazzi and junior Ramona Costea are not far behind with records of 6-1 and 5-2 respectively. Junior Alix Thurman has won four out of six singles matches and sophomore Ana Rajkovic started the season with three consecutive wins, only to lose her last two matches.
The RedHawks were successful in the Ball State Invitational as they took four of the singles championships and a doubles consolation title. In the Miami Invitational, the ’Hawks claimed 15 of 19 singles matches, but only took four of the nine doubles matches.
Doubles play is an area where Miami looks to improve, as doubles teams that include Raymond, Guerrazzi or Thurman are 9-4 while all of the other combinations of teams are 0-5.
“We are working on our preparation, our consistency and our mental toughness this week in practice,” assistant coach Ricardo Rosas said. “It is a good tournament and we need to embrace the opportunity and trust the hard work that we put in every day. We need go out and compete, be disciplined and consistent, trust the gameplan and bring our best.”
Raymond said this week of practice had entailed a lot of focus on detail.
“We are learning to be patient, consistent and focused in matches this week,” Raymond said. “We’re looking forward to competing this weekend. We have to learn the gameplan and then execute it. In doubles, we need to be more aggressive. We need to attack the net and pressure opponents. In singles, we need to be patient in setting up the point and have a competitive attitude.”
The RedHawks certainly had a competitive attitude in last season’s ITA Ohio Valley Regional. They had a strong showing in singles as Thurman made it to the Round of 16 (out of 64) and Guerrazzi advanced to the Round of 32. Raymond made her way to the semifinals in the consolation bracket after sustaining an opening round loss.
The ’Hawks struggled in doubles play of the Regional, however, with two of their three teams falling in the opening round. Raymond and Guerrazzi made it all the way to the finals of the consolation bracket before falling 6-8.
The RedHawks start play at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Friday and will continue through the following Tuesday at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn.