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Lady techsters are dreaming of a conference championship

March 22, 2013

 

DEREK J.AMAYA
Sports Editor 

 

Head coach Freddy Gomez said the Lady Techsters tennis team’s composure is elevated heading toward Western Athletic Conference play, which begins at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Louisiana Tech Tennis Complex against San Jose State University.

 

“We do have good chemistry,” Gomez said. “However we are still getting familiar with each other, especially the freshmen on the team, and everybody is still adjusting a little bit to the college format.”

 

Gomez said the remaining weeks of the season will determine how well the Lady Techsters play in the conference tournament in April.

 

“We’re approaching every tournament with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm,” Gomez said. “But we have to remain focus on improving and being relentless at achieving our goals until the end of the season.”

 

One thing Gomez said the team needs to progress in is adapting to having freshmen on the team.

 

“We want to definitely make sure our freshmen are adjusting to college tennis,” Gomez said. “We want them to feel comfortable in the singles as they are the doubles.”

 

Two of the four freshmen, Joanna Nalborska and Alexandra Starkova, joined the squad well into the season on March 6.

 

“In Poland, we have different practices and mostly focus on singles,” Nalborska said. “Now we have to play together, and it’s not easy to find your way to play with other girls.”

 

The girls said being across the ocean from their home and studying in school will only benefit them on the court.

 

“Being able to study and use a different language makes us independent,” Starkova said.

 

Junior Melanie Urvoy, who is 4-3 in single matches, said the freshmen will adjust fast and fit well with the team.

 

“This season the team is really good,” Urvoy said. “The team chemistry is really good and we just need to keep on practicing on getting better.”
With the University of Hawaii and Fresno State University, which met in the WAC championship match in 2012, moving to the Mountain West Conference, Urvoy said the title is up for grabs.

 

“The season really starts at conference,” Urvoy said. “This year I am really excited about the conference because we have a chance to win.”

 

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