The Indiana women's tennis team went down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this past Halloween weekend to participate in the Alabama Classic. The tournament lasted two days and included a total of 15 different schools, including Big Ten competition like Maryland, Wisconsin and Northwestern.
Head coach Ramiro Azcui took sophomore Sayda Hernandez, and juniors Rose Hu, Mila Mejic and Alexandra Staiculescu to compete.
This tournament consisted of both singles and doubles matches. Indiana had a total of seven singles and five doubles matches for the whole tournament. All four of the players won at least one singles match and went 1-4 in the doubles.
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“We just have to keep getting better in doubles, finding the right combinations and finding the right people in terms of executing what we need to do,” Azcui said. “Our emphasis is going to be that this offseason, it's going to be the doubles for sure.”
Azcui said he wanted to test out new combinations for the doubles teams during the tournament. Indiana looked to try out different teams as an opportunity to see who works best with others’ strategies for the upcoming spring season.
Staiculescu won two singles matches and a doubles match with Mejic, defeating the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 6-3.
Staiculescu and Mejic had the only doubles win for the Hoosiers, but Staiculescu said there’s things they need to work on in the offseason.
“We really didn't play badly, it was just a couple of mistakes in very important moments,” Staiculescu said. “Which is why I said I think we can really get a good routine.”
Indiana has one more tournament left in the fall season as it will send the duo of sophomore Laura Masic and redshirt freshman Lara Schneider to San Diego to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships.
The spring season will start in 2022 and will include both nonconference and conference games this year. Indiana tennis went the 2020-21 season only playing conference games and did not face any nonconference opponents. The official schedule for the 2021-22 season has not been released.