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Tennis finishes the regular season

By Scott Sutton, For The Miami Student

The Miami University tennis team wraps up its regular season on the road this weekend when it faces Northern Illinois University (6-12) and Western Michigan University (17-5).

The 'Hawks (10-9) are on a five-match winning streak, including last weekend's victories against Bowling Green State University (2-17) and Eastern Michigan University (4-16).

Freshman Emily Struble leads her team in win percentage and overall record. Struble is 26-8 overall, 15-3 in dual play and 8-1 in her last ten matches. She is on a six-match win streak.

"Going into the next few weeks we need to just carry over the momentum and confidence that we have gained and believe in ourselves," Struble said. "At the end of the day it comes down to everyone motivating each other and pushing each other in practices and being supportive during matches."

Northern Illinois is on a five-match losing streak and is 1-5 in the MAC. The team consists of one senior and two juniors, so it relies mostly on its young talent. Junior Adey Osabuohien and sophomore Evelyn Youel were named MAC Doubles Players of the Week on March 10.

Western Michigan is on a six-match win streak and is coming off a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois. They are currently co-leading the MAC.

Sophomore Hannah Shteyn helped her team defeat Eastern Michigan last weekend with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 victory over senior Klara Supejova.

"A lot of what we've been working on has finally clicked and we've been able to build up a lot of momentum," said Shteyn. We're just hoping to finish out the season strong and continue to get better up until the last match we play.

Match play against Northern Illinois begins at 2:00 p.m. Friday in DeKalb, Ill. Match play against Western Michigan begins at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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