The No. 20 women’s tennis team will finish the regular season against the University of Texas at Arlington this afternoon.Sophomore Nicole Leimbach said she did not know much about the Lady Mavericks team, but she knows that they have a good No. 1 player.
Assistant coach Jefferson Hammond said UTA’s No. 1 and No 2. players, freshman Klara Jargosova and sophomore Daniela Novakova, were pretty strong.
“I expect a good match up,” Hammond said.
As a team, the Lady Mavericks are 11-7 overall but are 9-1 in the Southland Conference.
The Frogs recently defeated San Diego State and finished the Mountain West Conference regular season undefeated. They will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which begins next Wednesday.
The Frogs begin play next Thursday against the winner of the play-in game between Air Force and Wyoming.
Sophomore Andrea Morgado said the team has been playing well lately, and she wants to keep working hard.
“This is another match before the conference tournament,” Morgado said. “Our goals the whole year were to go out, compete and have fun. We also have to keep playing as a team.”
Hammond said Thursday was another opportunity for the team to get its confidence going into the conference tournament.
“I would like the team to come out and compete at a high level of intensity,” Hammond said. “Our level of intensity and our level of focus are two main things to be working on.”
Hammond said the key to winning against UTA was sustaining that intensity and focus throughout the match.
Leimbach said she wanted to try and continue to play well and solid.
“I want to win my doubles and singles matches,” Leimbach said. “And as a team, I just want to win.”
The match against UTA begins today at 2 p.m.