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RedHawks knock off Furman, fall to Georgia State

By Alex McKeon, For The Miami Student

The Miami University tennis team RedHawks wrapped up its southern road trip with a win over No. 67 Furman University Saturday and a loss to Georgia State University Sunday. The RedHawks defeated Furman 5-2 and lost 6-1 to Georgia State. Miami's record stands at 2-5 this season.

"The teams we are playing are offensive and in really good conferences," head coach Yana Carollo said. "They really perform on a high level."

One of the top performers was sophomore Andreea Badileanu, who was able to pick up wins in both of her singles matches and in a doubles match. Her 6-1, 6-2 win vs. Furman, was the most impressive.

Also picking up singles wins for Miami against Furman were freshman Nelli Ponomareva, senior Alix Thurman, junior Ana Rajkovic and freshman Erin Rodriguez.

In doubles action against Furman, the duos of Ponomareva and senior Christine Guerrazzi and Thurman and freshman Hannah Shteyn picked up wins.

In doubles against the Panthers, Badileanu and senior Ramona Costea picked up a win, but Georgia State took the other two games to win the point. Badileanu picked up the lone singles win for Miami.

The road trip was one of the final tests for the RedHawks before conference play begins in March.

The 'Hawks now head home for a two-week break before matches against Illinois State University and the University of Wisconsin. The coaches will look to make some adjustments as the squad gets back and practices.

"Technical (improvements) won't be touched," Carollo said. "We should be focusing on tactics and the mental part of the game".

Carollo has been on a mission to bond with the team and improve the overall cohesion as the young RedHawks seek to make good on their goals

"It's just a process of me getting used to them and them to me," Carollo said.

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The RedHawks play Illinois State 11 a.m. Friday, March 6 and the University of Wisconsin 10 a.m. Sunday, March 8 in Hamilton, Ohio at the Riverside Athletic Club.