DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Feb.8) The Lady Rattlers meet up with the Hampton Lady Pirates in Daytona Beach, Fla. This was their first MEAC match and they made a statement by defeating the Pirates 6-1. They have evened their season record to (2-2) and raised their MEAC record to (1-0).
Tennis constantly reveals mental strength, which will prevail in triumph. While Head Coach "Nikki" Goldthreate has mostly focused on the physical aspect of the Lady Rattlers' game. She explains the importance and methods of mental toughness. The team had a mental toughness coach for the Fall.
Goldthreate finds competitive drills to be more helpful for the strengthening of her team's mental toughness. "This spring I have decided to strengthen my team's mental aspect of tennis through higher intensity and more competitive drills in practice," said Goldthreate.
So far everything that has been worked on in practice is showing through their match play. The team is young and ready to learn and absorb more as they go forth in competition.
Shani Williams is one of the team's veteran players and feels as though her leadership on the team helps make the team unique. She currently is playing at number five singles and number two doubles slots. She has been on the team since Spring 2011 and has improved both physically and mentally.
"I think each person has something to contribute to the team and everybody has their own individual strengths which makes this team talented," said S. Williams.
Last week they had their first win and were confident that it would set the tone for the season, now they are on their second win and counting.
The Lady Rattlers tennis team returns to action Sat., Feb.16th in Daytona Beach, FL as they take on the Owls of Florida Atlantic University.
1. HOLT, Bethany/TOWNSEND, Symone (FAMU) def. (HU) 8-2
2. WILLIAMS, Shani /ORTIZ, Elysia (FAMU) def. (HU) 8-1
3. DEAN, Alexis/ WILLIAMS, Victoria (FAMU) def. (HU) 8-0
1. HOLT, Bethany (FAMU) def. DENNIS, Pauline (HU) 6-2, 2-6,7-5
2. DEAN, Alexis (FAMU) def. (HU) 6-3, 6-4
3.TOWNSEND, Symone (FAMU) def. (HU) 6-2, 6-0
4. ORTIZ, Elysia (FAMU) def. (HU) 6-0, 7-6 tiebreaker (7-3)
5. (HU) def. WILLIAMS, Shani (FAMU)
6. WILLIAMS, Victoria (FAMU) def. (HU) 6-0, 6-0