Katie Ruckert's serving it up!: April 12
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!
Hello Longhorn Fans!
I want to apologize for not updating all of you earlier, but these past couple of weeks have been very hectic with academics and tennis. We have played 18 matches on our schedule thus far and are beginning to approach the highlight of our season - the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Championships. We are currently ranked No. 10 in the country and have some very exciting matches coming up as the end of the regular season approaches.
In the last week and a half, we played two matches against Big 12 schools and they were both on the road. We played Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, and won, 7-0. The Texas Tech team has improved significantly in the last couple of years and I think beating them that decisively was a good confidence boost for the whole team. It is really nice to play a match when everyone just goes out and takes care of business on their courts.
Unfortunately though, our Big 12 winning streak came to an end last Wednesday (April 6) when we fell to Baylor in Waco, Texas. We lost the match, 5-2, and I have to give Baylor credit because they competed at a very high level against us on every court. They are a very determined team and I know that we are all looking forward to the opportunity to play them again in the postseason. The Baylor match was very disappointing for all of us because I know many of us felt we had opportunities to close them out and did not, and we ended up paying the price for not quite finishing them off. As the saying goes, "if you give someone an inch, they are going to take a mile." At any rate, we are all trying to use the loss as motivation to work harder in practice and push ourselves to compete at a higher level both on the court and in the weight room.
Our next match is Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m. against UT-Arlington and we are playing the match at home. We then play William and Mary on Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m. and again the match is at home.
I look to forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the stands and we would all like to thank the Texas Hellraisers for coming to our match against Oklahoma - we all really appreciated your support!