Women's Tennis Blog: Paula Rincon Otero
April 11, 2013
This past weekend had its ups and downs. We had a solid win over a good Penn State team, but took a hard, close loss to Ohio State on Sunday. Before the weekend, we knew that the matches were critical because we sat at a 2-3 conference record and that they were going to be tough matches because they were both against ranked teams. We were hungry for victory after having lost the past three matches and playing at home added fuel to our passion.
On Friday, we played No. 33 Penn State. After tough and close doubles matches where every Gopher left her soul on the court, we added a point to our side of the scoreboard. Then, we entered in the situation! As Coach Merzbacher always says, “If you fight and you leave everything on the court, the results will come.” And that´s what happened. We got a 4-3 victory, which gave us confidence to keep fighting in the conference.
Sunday was a very important date, because we played against the former team of our coach, Ohio State. We knew they had us marked on their calendar, and that they were going to play their best tennis. The truth is that we didn´t have good doubles matches, but once again we left everything on the court in every single match. We lost 5-2, but our #1 and #2 singles (shoutout to Tash and Tereza) came away with important victories for our confidence. Having the top two players playing strong gives encouragement to the rest of the team. We hope to carry this strength into the coming weekend.
On another note, what the heck is happening with the weather in Minnesota? We almost played outdoors last weekend, and now we´re supposed to get inches of snow. April, do something!