As the Miami University tennis team approaches their 2014 spring season, MURedHawks.com will highlight a different player each week as a part of the Tennis Tracker series.
OXFORD, Ohio – When current Miami University senior Christiana Raymond began looking into playing college tennis as a junior at Columbus Academy, Miami ranked high on her list.
Due to various circumstances, Raymond decided to begin her freshman year at DePaul University in Chicago. After one season with the Blue Demons, she reached out to the Miami coaching staff, expressing interest to transfer to MU. Raymond has been a RedHawk ever since without once looking back.
“I came to Miami and was very thankful to be here,” said Raymond. “I’ve grown really close to the coaches and to the team. It’s been a great experience.”
Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu speaks very highly of her senior standout. Dumitrescu notes that Raymond’s balance of on-court success and off-court leadership is rare. The coaches picked up on Raymond’s positive attitude and intentions early on.
“When she came on the team her first year we didn’t have a scholarship available,” said Dumitrescu. “So she played without a scholarship. I think from the very first team practice, seeing her on the court, I knew that she was a special person. She always has such a great positive attitude. She is so caring with her teammates. She is just a true leader.”
Through two full seasons and this fall, Raymond has won 49 matches for the Red & White, been a part of two regular season Mid-American Conference Championship teams, one MAC Tournament title and an NCAA tournament appearance against the Stanford Cardinals last May.
During Raymond’s first year on the team, Miami had an influx of freshmen. Current juniors Christine Guerrazzi, Ramona Costea and Alix Thurman were all newcomers at the time in addition to Raymond. Raymond says a connection was made between her and that group. Raymond also says that she and fellow senior Nimisha Mohan have become very close over the past two years.
“I think that the dynamic between Nim and me is always really fun,” said Raymond. “We always loosen each other up for every match. We’re both really competitive too which helps a lot.”
Standing atop an impressive 9-1 singles record so far this fall, Raymond seems poised to continue her run at success as a Miami RedHawk. With such a strong group of upperclassmen, the competition for the No. 1 singles spot will be rigid, but Raymond will definitely be eyeing the spot.
“She really is the type of player that you want to have on the court when everything is on the line,” said Dumitrescu.