OXFORD, Ohio – Earlier this fall, the Miami University tennis team traveled to Memphis, Tenn. on two separate occasions in a two-week span. The first trip entailed competition in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional, the team’s toughest meet of the fall schedule. The second trip was for the RedHawks’ final meet of the calendar year, the Memphis Invitational.
Both trips included one similarity; Miami junior Alix Thurman left the River City with some hardware in hand. Thurman won the consolation bracket in both instances, going undefeated after losing her opening match in each tournament.
Thurman says that the fall schedule highlighted her need to focus on consistency and playing at her highest level straight from the beginning.
“The fall season taught me a lot,” said Thurman. “I was happy with my results and my ability to bounce back from some tough losses. I won a few back draws and just need to start the tournaments off better.”
Thurman finished the fall season with a 9-5 singles record and a 5-5 clip in doubles play. She will be a core component of this RedHawks tennis team that is looking to win their sixth straight Mid-American Conference regular season title and return to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.
After falling in the first round of the NCAA bracket to the Stanford Cardinals, the team which went on to win the National Championship, Thurman says the entire RedHawk team is keyed in on making it back again.
“I think after Stanford, we all know what a greet feeling it is to get to the NCAA Tournament,” said Thurman. “To win a first round at NCAA would be an amazing feeling. It's always nice just to get to the NCAA, but to win a round there would almost be a game changer.”
Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu says that Thurman has shown great potential since joining the program.
“When Alix joined the program it was clear that she was a very talented player,” said head coach Anca Dumitrescu. “Over the past two years she has learned how she needs to prepare and compete to truly fulfill her talent. She is becoming very professional and committed in her preperation and her best competitive performances are still ahead for her.”
Miami University tennis returns to action on Jan. 17 when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Purdue Invitational.