Katie Ruckert's serving it up!: January 27
Hello, everyone! This is Katie Ruckert, a junior on the Texas women's tennis team. I am very excited about having the opportunity to write a journal which will keep you up-to-date on what's happening with the team, both on the court and off. I'll also fill you in on our matches and our travels throughout the 2005 season. Check back frequently to see what we've been up to!
We have been in school for just over a week now and it's amazing how quickly you forget (even after four years) how important it is to try to stay ahead in your studies! All of us on the team were excited and anxious to get back from Christmas break to start training again, and to catch up with one another on what had happened in our lives during the break.
One of the interesting things about our team is that all eight players come from very different backgrounds. Consequently, each girl brings something different to the table, which seems to keep everyone - including the coaching staff - on their toes.
And speaking of being on our toes, we are playing our first team match this weekend against Tulane in New Orleans. They are ranked No. 9 and should be a formidable opponent. It will be a great opportunity to gauge how far we have progressed. Hopefully all of our intense training on the court and in the weight room will be reflected in our performance.
Furthermore, tennis is, for the most part, an individual sport and the dual season creates much more of a team atmosphere than the fall individual matches. To sum up, I am really excited about the start of the season and I know that all of us can't wait to go out there, kick some butt and hopefully pump a few fists along the way.
One last thing before closing, this past Saturday (Jan. 22) the team hosted our annual Frostbite Tennis Event, which gives both our team and fans an opportunity to socialize and play some serious tennis. Basically, each player was captain of a team with five fans, and we played round-robin doubles. We had an awesome turnout for the event with well over 40 fans participating! We all had a really great time. Anytime a fan and a player can get an opportunity to connect is worthwhile for both parties and I know we all hope to see as many fans as possible at our home matches.
Again, thanks to all of you who came out to Frostbite. We hope you had fun and we hope to see you in the stands this spring!