After two weekends without competition, the Miami University tennis team heads to Memphis, Tenn. for the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional. RedHawk individuals will face off against some of the top players from area schools in the bracket style tournament that runs from Friday through Tuesday.
“I think we are excited,” said Associate Head Coach Ricardo Rosas. “It is an opportunity for the team to do what we have been working on which is consistency, mental toughness and just being great competitors. That is our expectation. We know it’s going to be a tough opponent. It’s a good tournament. For us though it’s about what we have been talking about every day in practice which is to be tough out there, take our chances and play to win.”
Miami begins singles action Friday morning. Sophomore Ana Rajkovic faces Victoria Olivarez from the University of Tennessee in the qualifying singles opening round Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. At the same time, junior Ramona Costea meets Flavia Nagayama from Michigan State University while sophomore Chloe Heerden battles Stephanie McLoughlin from Butler University.
In the main draw of the singles bracket, freshman Andreea Badileanu plays Ball State University’s Courtney Wild at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Junior Christine Guerrazzi and Kirsten Lewis from the University of Kentucky go against each other at 2:30 p.m. Senior Christiana Raymond will play an opponent from the qualifying round at 3:30 p.m. while junior Alix Thurman takes on Marta Morga from the University of Memphis at 4 p.m.
Doubles action starts bright and early at 8 a.m. Friday morning when Raymond and Badileanu face Faouzi and Rodriguez from Eastern Kentucky University in the doubles qualifying round. Meanwhile, Rajkovic and Heerden go against Moreno and Milovic from the University of Evansville. Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the main doubles draw, Thurman and Guerrazzi will face a doubles team from the qualifying round.
Check back to MURedHawks.com after each day for complete USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional results.