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RedHawks seek end to four-match losing streak

By Scott Sutton, For The Miami Student

The Miami University tennis team (5-8) looks forward to this weekend's matches against Ball State University (15-2) and University of Toledo (6-8).

The RedHawks are recovering from last weekend's back-to-back losses against No. 45 South Alabama University (16-4) and No. 61 Old Dominion University (10-5).

Sophomores Nelli Ponomareva and Anastasiia Vasiukhina were named the Mid-American Conference Doubles Team of the Week after going undefeated last weekend, beating South Alabama's Cinta Maria Papke and Alexandria Stiteler, 6-3, and Old Dominion's Adriana Rajkovic and Ivana Vukovic, 6-2. The duo won the award earlier in the season, and it's Ponomareva's fourth time winning the award.

Freshman Emily Struble leads the team with an overall record of 19-7 and is on a two-match winning streak. She said she's aware of what the team must do in order to get back on the right track during this four-match losing streak.

"We are just going into the MAC knowing that we have played four very good ranked teams in our last four matches," Struble said. "We have learned to compete at a very high level. We are working on a lot of footwork and consistency drills. We just have to stay positive and fight for every match this weekend."

Sophomore Hannah Shteyn paired with Struble last week against Old Dominion. The match was tied at 3-3 before it went unfinished. Shteyn lost both of her singles matches against both Old Dominion and South Alabama.

Shteyn looks to regain confidence and resume winning against MAC rivals this weekend.

"We're working on just being prepared for anything and just continuing to improve our consistency as well as ability to attack," Shteyn said. "We're going to go out there and learn from the experiences we've had and find ways to apply what we've learned to hopefully make us successful this weekend."

Match play against Ball State begins at 1 p.m. Friday in Muncie, Indiana. The match against Toledo begins at 1 p.m. Sunday in Toledo, Ohio.

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