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Forget match.com, these players have found their partners, and they’re sticking with them.
Doubles partners Monica Milewski with Franziska Jendrian, and Melisa Esposito alongside Abbie Probert, have found success in playing with another person.
While the tennis team continues to struggle this season with a 1-6 overall record, the team’s players remain upbeat and optimistic about the rest of the season. These four are no exception.
“This season’s been pretty tough, we’ve all been working really hard, and we’re not seeing the results yet,” junior Milewski said.
Freshman Probert added that the team is ready to turn their close losses into wins.
“We had a great week of practice and the team is training hard both physically and mentally,” Probert said. “Despite a pretty rough start to the season, the team’s moral is high and we are staying focused.”
On a more personal note, these four are enjoying the season and each others’ company. The high moral experienced by these players could be caused by the company of their doubles partner, which Probert spoke to.
“I enjoy working with another person. Doubles is all about teamwork,” Probert said. “I love working with a doubles partner because they make it fun as well as competitive. It means that I can be positive on court and play my best tennis.”
A majority of the team competes in singles as well as doubles. Sophomore Esposito said she likes getting the chance to play with a doubles partner.
“Working with another person is fun,” Esposito said. “After all, we are a team. It spices things up a bit.”
Even in the toughest of competition, the women said they refuse to crack and attack their partner. Regardless of a bad day, no one admits to wanting to throw a tennis racket or even a harsh word at her partner.
“Everyone messes up at one point or another,” Milewski said. “I would hate it if my partner got mad at me if I weren’t playing well.”
Probert added that she does not get annoyed at her partner.
“As long as we are both putting in 100 percent of our effort then I could not get mad at her,” Probert said.
Probert attributes that attitude to her doubles success.
“It is working through tough times on court that makes a good doubles partnership,” Probert said.
Through the contributions of their partners, each member has been successful in doubles. Doubles records include: Probert 8-5, Milewski 6-3, Esposito 10-4, and Jendrian 10-3 for this season, according to theCollege Tennis Online Web site.
The players attributed some of their success to each other. As Milewski put it, “My partner has the best net game ever! I want her to teach me her ways.”
Jendrian could not be reached for comment.
Contact Campus Press Staff Writer Kyle L. Haas at email@example.com