Grizzlies Wrap Up 2001-02 Season
The 2001-2002 season saw many highs and lows. The Golden Grizzlies completed their season with a 1-10 record, and an 0-7 mark in conference play.
Oakland opened their season on September 19th of 2001 against the Titans of the University of Detroit. The Golden Grizzlies women's tennis team was defeated 7-0 by the University of Detroit Wednesday afternoon in Rochester. The match was played at the Rochester Hills Tennis Club. Record: 0-1
Next up for OU was a match against IPFW. The Golden Grizzlies tennis team fell to IPFW, 4-3, on Sunday, September 23 on the campus of Wayne State University. Oakland claimed victory in the No. 1 doubles spot with senior Theo Nae (Commerce Township/Detroit Country Day HS) and senior Kristy Sabat (Birmingham/Seaholm HS) defeating IPFW's Jill Carie and Karen Swanson, 8-3. OU also posted victories at No. 1, No.2 and No. 5 singles. Nae defeated Carie in No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-1, while Sabat defeated Swanson 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2. Junior Jennifer Herrera (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) recorded the other OU win at No. 5 singles against Lindsey White, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Record: 0-2
After having their final fall match against Cleveland State canceled due to poor weather the Oakland University women's tennis team opened up the 2002 spring schedule with a loss to crosstown rival Detroit. The two schools played on Wednesday, March 20 and the Titans claimed the 6-1 victory. The Golden Grizzlies claimed a win at the number two single slot as Sabat defeated Andrea Buter, 6-4. Record: 0-3
The next contest for the Oakland University women's tennis team was Cleveland State. The Grizzlies defeated Cleveland State, 4-3, on Sunday, March 24 to give Oakland their first victory of the 2001-02 season. Oakland claimed singles victories in the number one, five and six slots. Nae defeated Audrey Shade, 6-2, 6-0 in number one singles. Herrera defeated Amanda Cerny at the number five slot, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-8. The Golden Grizzlies also recorded a win at number six singles as CSU had to forfeit the match. The Golden Grizzlies won two of the three doubles matches -- one and three. Sabat and Nae combined for an 8-6 victory in number one doubles. OU also claimed the number three spot as CSU defaulted. Record: 1-3
The Golden Grizzlies looked to turn their season around and get above .500 against three of their Mid-Con rivals in Kansas City, Missouri. However, they were unsuccessful as the Oakland University women's tennis team dropped all three Mid-Continent Conference matches over the weekend. The Golden Grizzlies fell to UMKC, 7-0, to Southern Utah, 6-1, and to Oral Roberts, 7-0. In the match against UMKC, Nae and Sabat recorded Oakland's only win at number one doubles. They defeated Erin Rosenberg and Riley Smith, 8-4. In the contest versus Southern Utah, Nae recorded the Golden Grizzlies' only victory. She defetaed Katie Zobrist, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5, in number one singles. Record: 1-6 overall, 0-3 Mid-Con
Next up was a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana for their second conference cluster of the season. The Oakland University tennis team played four matches over the weekend, April 12-14, against Mid-Continent Conference opponents. OU fell to Valparaiso, Western Illinois, IUPUI and Chicago State. Oakland opened up the weekend against Valparaiso and was defeated 6-1. The Golden Grizzlies only victory was claimed by junior Kelly Cole (Auburn Hills/Notre Dame Prep HS) who defeated Stacy Carter, 7-5, at No. 6 singles. On Saturday, Oakland played IUPUI at 9 a.m., and was defeated 7-0, and played Western Illinois at 2 p.m., and was downed 7-0. The Golden Grizzlies wrapped up play on Sunday, April 14 against the Cougars of Chicago State. Oakland was defeated 5-2 by CSU in the cluster finale. The two points for the Golden Grizzlies were earned at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. At No. 5 singles, freshman Mariana Perin (Rochester/Notre Dame Prep HS) defeated Tiffany White, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10-6), and at No. 6 singles Cole defeated VaLeaka Hooks, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10-3). Oakland's No. 3 doubles team also was victorious as Herrera and Cole combined for a 8-4 win over White and Hooks. Record: 1-10 overall, 0-7 Mid-Con
Oakland will look forward to the fall to avenge the tough defeats that the team has suffered over this past spring. However, the Golden Grizzlies will have to move forward without their top two singles players, Nae and Sabat. The returning six players must elevate their performances with some help from the newcomers and the Grizzlies can get back to winning ways. Oakland has nowhere to go but up in the 2002-2003 campaign under head coach Heather Redshaw.