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Tennis travels to Lincoln for two matches

By Scott Sutton, The Miami Student

The Miami University tennis team turns the page to Week 6 of its season when it travels to Lincoln, Neb. this weekend to play University of Nebraska (7-1) and University of Memphis (1-5).

The RedHawks (2-3) are coming off last weekend's upset comeback victory over No. 55 nationally-ranked Marshall University (4-3).

Freshman Emily Struble has an overall record of 15-6. She is 2-0 in doubles with senior Ana Rajkovic. Struble won her singles match last week against Marshall's sophomore Marija Bogicevic to help give the 'Hawks the win.

Sophomore Hannah Shteyn is optimistic about the remainder of the season.

"We've definitely learned what we need to improve on from some of our last few matches," Shteyn said. "So we're incorporating what we need to work on into our practices. Depth is a big thing we've been focused on, as well as lots of practice on our doubles plays. We're really excited to see how well we can execute this upcoming weekend."

Head coach Yana Carollo is in her second season with Miami and is also hopeful for what the season brings. In her last job as associate head coach for women's tennis at Virginia Commonwealth University, she helped the Rams to a 67-17 record during her eight years there.

"We are mainly working on committing to the training," said Carollo. "Every single hour of the day that we can, we are spending on the courts. Our goal is to be 100 percent mentally ready for this weekend. Tactically, we are preparing for long and intense matches at Nebraska, as we are playing two opponents from major conferences. The commitment and mental balance in execution are our priorities in practice."

The nine-woman roster consists of two freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and one senior. This year's team is looking for its young talent to prove themselves early in the season.

Match play begins at 6 p.m. Friday at the Sid and Hazel Tennis Center. Saturday's matches begin at 12 p.m.

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