This past weekend the team traveled to Ohio State University to compete in the first tournament of the year. The following members went to OSU to represent Miami: Sydney Reichert, Gabby Verdin, Sam Sharma, Akhil Kanagaraj, Nick Ruth, Brett Schubert, Haley Thoresen, and Ally Bucher. The team arrived in Columbus Friday night and settled in the hotel to be well-rested for the next day.
On Saturday, pool play began indoors at the Jesse Owens Tennis Center. Pool B consisted of Miami University, Ohio State University (Scarlet), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and University of Cincinnati. The first opponent was University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Due to it being the first match of the season, the team started off slow and lost a close match to the panthers. There was no time to think about the loss though because a tough OSU team was the next opponent. There was no fooling around in this match, with both doubles and men's singles winning their matches. Up by eleven games going into mixed, Miami saw the win at their fingertips, but a strong mixed OSU team stood in their way. Miami lost the mixed doubles set, but stopped the rally to win the whole match. Miami beat the OSU A team by 7 games! This concluded day one of play, and put the team in a good position to compete for first place.
On Sunday, the pool play finished with Miami playing University of Cincinnati. Just like the OSU match, Miami won both doubles and men's singles. The team was up going into mixed doubles. Mixed was victorious, putting Miami into the finals! The finals was against school rival, Ohio University. Similar to past matches, the team played well during doubles and singles, giving them the lead going into mixed doubles. OU came out wanting to creep back up in the score and won the set. With a rain cloud in the distance, the team knew they needed to win quickly to get that first place spot. A light rain began, but nothing could get in the way of going home with the trophy. Mixed doubles held their serve to give Miami their first tournament win of the season!
The Ohio State Open is just the beginning for this club team. With a first place finish at the first tournament of the year, the future is looking bright! Next weekend the team will be traveling to the Illini Invite to hopefully continue playing well, and maybe bring home another trophy. Wish them luck!