Looks to Spice Things Up A Bit
A little more experience with an added pinch of determination is the recipe for success for the Oakland University women’s tennis program in 2001-02. After a disappointing year last year the Golden Grizzlies hope to rebound, rebuild and excel in conference play and throughout the course of the year. OU has two seniors on the team that will take the helm in its quest to improvement.
Head coach Heather Redshaw has a year under her belt and is expecting a stronger performance out of her team in 2001-02.
"I expect us to have a better record than last year now that the girls are getting used to what I expect of them as players," said Redshaw. "I would like to see some good quality matches in doubles and improve more in singles by being more consistent."
Seniors in the number one and two singles position lead the Golden Grizzlies. Senior Theo Nae (Commerce Township/Detroit Country Day) and senior Kristy Sabat (Birmingham/Seaholm) will compete for the top spot this spring. Junior Jennifer Herrera (Oregon, OH/Clay HS) will solidify the three spot and add strength to the Grizzlies roster.
"Between the three anything can happen," Redshaw said. "They all have been around a while and know what it takes to win."
Oakland will face a challenging schedule this year and with a mix of experience, and inexperience, OU needs to find consistency in their game.
"Some of the new players are adjusting to the college game and they need to pick up some wins to gain some confidence," Redshaw said.
OU will partake in two cluster matches added to four weekends that will test the Golden Grizzlies endurance. Redshaw is fully aware that a key component in success for women’s tennis will be keeping the players healthy.
"We need to stay healthy this year," Redshaw said. "With only enough players to fill the matches, one absence can mean a great deal based on whether we win or lose a match".
OU is now finished with its fall set of matches and if that will be any indication of the Golden Grizzlies upcoming success things seem promising.
"We had some close matches in the fall," said Redshaw. "If we improve on that and keep getting better we should have some nice spring weekends ahead of us".
The Golden Grizzlies have already learned some lessons that will be key as they take the court again in the spring. If they stick with their recipe for success things should be cooking in no time.