2014 Season Blog #8: Yuliana Umanets

Go Gophers!
Yuliana Umanets is 1-0 this season.

Go Gophers!
Yuliana Umanets is 1-0 this season.
Go Gophers!

March 21, 2014

For our spring break we went to Fort Myers in Florida. I believe it was a great place to get ready for Big Ten season and catch some sun.  We started off spring break on Friday. Right when we arrived, the whole team was pumped to see the hotel and all the amazing places around the area. We arrived in the evening and went to the pool area with the team and as always it was a time full of laughter when we were all together.

The next day was a great day for improvement and also to adjust to the outside conditions. We started off the day with a two-hour practice in the morning followed by a two-hour practice in the afternoon. After these two amazing practices, we went to the pool area all together to catch some rays and get some rest. That night, we celebrated Paula's birthday by going out to dinner all together and then going to enjoy some Cold Stone. After this, the team went to explore the shops and attractions in the shopping center across from the hotel. It was a great time for us to get out and explore what Florida has to offer us as a team.

The next day, practice was a little later in the day due to the fact that our match would be played at 5 p.m. local time. We were able to hang out near the pool area all together and visit some places around for lunch. The evening practice was lighter mixed with drills designed for getting used to the wind and playing some singles and doubles points. After the practice, we all hang out in the hot tub to get rid of muscle tension before our match.  The men's team arrived in Fort Myers that evening, so we got to hang out with them and it was really great bonding between the men's and women's tennis teams.

The next day was match day. We woke and ate breakfast as a team then went to the courts for a light hit to get a little warmed up. After that, we went to the shops across the street to walk around and get lunch. We went to the Pita Pit and it was great! We then got ready for the match and went to warm up. It was a great team match for us—everyone fought really hard for every point even with the poor conditions (light rain, wind, and playing under the lights). I was really proud of how Minnesota Tough every single person on the team was. Also, everyone was super supportive of one another and it was a great all around match. We won, 6-1, and I was super proud of my teammates!

The following day, was our day off and, boy, did we enjoy it! Some of us went to the beach while others enjoyed a nice movie and some shopping. Then, in the evening, we went to cheer on our Gopher Men's team. They did a great job! After watching a little tennis, we went to the Twins’ spring training game. It was an awesome experience to see the game, and get to hang out with the team. The stadium was great and the game was just an all around great time!

On Wednesday, sadly our last day in Florida, we had a morning hit at 8 a.m., which we grinded out. Then we headed to the airport to go back to Minnesnowta. It was still snowing there, but we were pumped to come back to have our match against Iowa.

Please come  out to support us this Friday at 3 p.m. at Baseline Tennis Center. Thanks so much for all of your support this season and GO GOPHERS!