SOUTHFIELD, Mich.- The Lawrence Technological women's tennis (2-0) team will be traveling to St. Francis University (Ind.) to take on the Cougars (0-6) on Thursday, September 12th at 3:00pm EDT. This will be their first match in over a week, as their match against Michigan Tech. University was postponed on Friday, September 6th.
The Blue Devils enter the matchup after winning their first two games, and they have yet to drop team point to their opponents. Head Coach Steve Behmlander credits this early success to a combination of purposeful practice and having an effective game plan, "I think the key to our early season success...is our task focused practices and putting kids in the spots that they will be most successful."
For this match, the Blue Devils will need to continue to place emphasis on things that still need improvement. Behmlander had this to say about what he wants to see out of the Blue Devils this match, "Our ladies need to make sure each time they take the court, they realize their opponent wants to beat them as badly as they want to win. Each point is a stepping stone to our eventual success, so each of them needs to focus on the details and let the big picture be the result. This week we've been focused on our fundamentals, we're working to set points up better before we try and end the point. I haven't yet found the answer to teaching an 18-22 year old the fine art of patience, but we continue to work at it."
St. Francis will be looking to get back at the Blue Devils, who have been successful vs. the Cougars in the past few years. This past success is not something you can look at and guarantee a victory. "Teams strengths can be very cyclical, kids get injured, kids graduate, kids move on...we've caught them a couple of times on the down side of that cycle, they understand that, so I'm guessing they'll come out fast and prepared to give us a battle," Behmlander stated on what he expects out of the Cougars in this match.