We began our week after a
tough weekend playing matches. We spent a lot of energy because playing both
Saturday and Sunday isn't that easy. Our Saturday match against Columbia opened
up my eyes to a lot of things. At this point, I realized how important it is to
act as a team. Before that, our opponents at home weren't that strong. This
time, we faced a team that was ranked in top 60. It was a challenging match for
us, and I felt like what we needed to do was stay together, but under the
pressure that Columbia created by being energetic, we were really quiet.
The coaches tried to explain to us that our main problem, wasn't
technique, physical condition, or that we were much weaker then Columbia. We
just simply needed to be more energetic and aggressive in positive way. After
our coaches talked to us, I had a lot to think about on the Saturday night. I
think we all did.
The most important thing
is that we didn't give up! We had a team talk, and decided to try bring our
team together. It is really tough goal for Coach Panova and ourselves to make a
team out of five freshman, even though for Sarah it's a second semester. So
during our talk, we tried to find our weak spots, and came to conclusion that
we should spend more time together! So on Saturday night the baby Terps
(freshmen), Vroni and Welma watched a movie in the team room. Sarah picked the
movie and proved that she has great taste because everybody seemed to enjoy
Spending time together
helps a lot. It helps us to get to know each other more, and helps the veterans
teach baby Terps what it's like to be a team. We could see the progress on the
court the next day as we beat Richmond 6-1!
We had the following
Monday off, to rest and think over our recent experience. It was important to
start our week off well, so we could move forward and get stronger before our
upcoming match against VCU. We had to work a lot on our energy, and our coaches
gave us a lot of exercises for that so we could practice our cheering and
acting as a team. We actually practiced for the first time outside on
Wednesday. What a great feeling! So much more freedom. I hope that spring will
come soon and that warm weather will come with it!
Friday morning we headed
to Richmond. It was a long trip, but we seemed to enjoy it, playing songs,
talking and making jokes. During lunch before the match, everybody looked
exited to play against such a great team. You could see that we were a team and even the waitress tried to join our conversation because it looked very
energetic and fun. We came on court with a different attitude, ready to fight
and support each other! Although you could see we were a little nervous,
because the doubles started a little tight. It was the second time Gabi and I
had played together and it was still sometimes confusing, but we were trying
hard and I'm sure we will get much better with a little more team effort and
time. We will get much stronger. In singles, we showed so much more energy than
before! Our opponents might have been a little more consistent, but the way we
were acting on the court, it looked like we had won. Losing 4-3 wasn't that
bad because we really showed the improvement in our attitude.
During the weekend we got
some rest and we are now ready to work hard, be energetic, and have fun as a team
on and off the court. We have to enjoy hitting every ball, as Coach Panova said,
that's where the energy will come from. Now we know that and will work on
improving our tennis skills for our next match against Virginia on Saturday!
Lets go Terps!