NSU tennis began its fall season on Sept. 16 and concluded it on Oct. 7. The team participated in two competitions and part of a third, which was canceled due to poor weather conditions. NSU was the only Division II school, competing against Division I schools, at the Kansas Invitational, which took place from Sept. 16-18.
Head Coach Michael Coleman said it was a great experience for the team.
“I think that helps the girls to see what good competition looks like and what we need to look like,” said Coleman.
Dominique Wimmer, senior, said the Kansas Invitational was a tough competition, but thought it would help the team in the long-run.
“It was a really good experience and practice for us. Since it was Division I schools, it was really hard competition, but I think it made us stronger,” she said.
The team has new additions this year, and junior, Austin Lavallii, has been impressed with the energy and work ethic of her new teammates.
“They’re great girls, and they want to work,” she said. “Coach did a great job of recruiting the girls, because they do want to be out there, and it’s contagious.”
However, both Coleman and Lavallii agreed that the new players need to work on their nerves. They said the purpose of the fall season is to be better prepared for the
“[I just want to work on] developing my game for the spring. But I think that goes for everyone, because everyone’s getting comfortable seeing what to expect from themselves and where to push themselves and where they need to go from here,” said Lavallii.
Coleman wants the team to focus on their GPAs and enjoy their time on the courts while they wait for the spring season to begin.
“I need them to enjoy what they’re doing, and enjoy coming out there to play tennis. If they do that, we should be solid,” said Coleman.