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 – Senior Nimisha Mohan says she plays great tennis when trying to enjoy every point. When she can combine a little bit of pressure with that pure love of the game, Mohan is at her absolute best.
Such was the case last season on two separate instances. The first came in April during a dual match against Bowling Green State University. Competing for the chance at a regular season Mid-American Conference Championship, Miami needed to down the Falcons.
Mohan dropped her first set to BGSU’s Emily Reuland and trailed 3-0 in the second set when associate head coach Ricardo Rosas arrived on the side of her court. The coach told Mohan that a couple of other RedHawks had lost their matches, meaning Mohan needed to win hers in order for Miami to clinch the MAC title.
“I was 3-0 down in the second set and I was playing horribly,” said Mohan. “At that point when I knew the other scores, I said I am going to win for this team. I didn’t care how badly I was playing. I just really wanted to win for them. I told myself that I am going to push and shove and whatever. I am going to win.”
Two weeks after winning the clinching match for the MAC regular season championship, Mohan found herself in another clinching position. This time, a win would mean a MAC Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth.
“Personally, I really wanted to go to NCAAs and I thought it would be so cool if we all went,” said Mohan. “I wanted to win for myself and for the team.”
Mohan played at No. 1 singles for Miami at the end of last spring. Despite being sidelined with an injury this fall, she expects to return strongly in the spring and compete for that top spot once again.
Head coach Anca Dumitrescu speaks very highly of Mohan and looks forward to seeing her back in action shortly.
“Nimisha is special to me because she was my first recruit coming into this job,” said Dumitrescu. “She is definitely one of the hardest working players on the team. She is the player that always asks to do a little bit more. She always wants to play sets with us and just looks for ways to get better. That’s something that has helped us change the culture for this program. Nimisha has been a huge part of the success that we have had.”
Nimisha acknowledges that her success goes hand in hand with the commitment put in by the coaching staff.
“Coach Anca and Coach Rosas have helped me a lot in different ways,” said Mohan. “Both of them have been very supportive of me. I always ask for extra help and to play more individuals. They always say yes. When I need help on something, they always help me out. In that way, I think they are really dedicated to the program. They always want you to succeed and they will really do anything for you.”
Mohan and the RedHawks return to action on Jan. 17, 2014 when the team competes in the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.