Wayne State women’s tennis is looking to have a strong four final meets before the GLIAC Tournament, when they return to action on Oct. 13.
In their last match versus Northwood University on Oct. 9, WSU suffered a 3-4 defeat to the Timberwolves.
Despite the unseasonable weather conditions during the match, which led to a WSU player withdrawing from the match, senior Dasha Kuznetsova said the weather didn’t have too much of an effect on the match.
“We can’t forget the fact that we all play under the same conditions out there, and it’s just a matter of who is tougher on the court,” Kuznetsova said.
WSU enters its final four matches of their fall schedule with a 4-2 record (3-2 GLIAC). With underclassmen making up most of WSU’s roster, assistant coach Yahsha Moore said senior leadership has been pivotal for the team.
“I do think our two seniors have definitely stepped up (regarding) leadership on and off the court, and that plays a role in the success of the team,” Moore said.
Head coach Sheila Snyder said Kuznetsova’s performance in her first year as the number one player has given the team a boost this season.
“Dasha has done a really good job as a senior leader (especially) in her singles matches,” Snyder said. “This is her first year playing at number one and I think she has handled it very nicely.”
While the team is young, both Moore and Snyder said that the team has gotten contributions from the new members of the team.
“Freshman Carla (Jewell) has been a surprise for us (so far),” Moore said. “In the Northwood match, she showed the fire and passion that we’re looking for in such a young team.”
This weekend, WSU travels on the road to face off against Ferris State and Grand Valley State University, who won both meetings versus WSU last year.
Moore said the team has left last year’s results in the past and are focused on posting a win this time around.
“We know we need to work hard and bring the highest level of intensity we have in order to beat that team,” Moore said. “I think these girls are more than capable of doing that when we step on the court on Sunday.”
Snyder said the main thing for the team this weekend is to put the Northwood loss behind them and be ready to compete in their upcoming matches.
“Ferris is tough and Grand Valley is at the top of the conference, so we’re just going to have to be ready (to play) and bounce back from (the Northwood match),” Snyder said.
WSU returns to action against Ferris State Oct. 13 and faces GVSU Oct. 14 before hosting its final two matches of the fall schedule Oct. 20-21.