After having a strong start to the season, the women's tennis team had a worrying losing skid, driven by injury and bad luck. The Bulls (13-4, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) came out with two wins over the weekend against key MAC rivals, grinding out a 4-3 win over Eastern Michigan (9-13, 4-4 MAC) on Friday and a one-sided 6-1 victory over Toledo (8-11, 2-4 MAC) on Saturday, earning them a spot in the MAC Tournament. The weekend started with difficulty as the bulls took on Eastern Michigan in Yipsilanti, Mich.
When the anxiety of losing all the time goes away, sometimes the pressure of winning constantly becomes its own problem. For the women's tennis team, that's a good problem to have. The Bulls (10-0, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) are one of only two programs in the NCAA that is undefeated thus far in the season.
A loss can be as much of a motivator as a disheartening event. A loss does not always come with pain; many times it can have a silver lining. The Bulls (2-2) suffered a hard defeat this weekend against their second Ivy League opponent of the spring season, getting shut out 7-0 by the Cornell Big Red (4-1).
Aside from academics, Ivy League schools are known for some of the best tennis in the country. Over the weekend, the men's tennis team learned the conference's reputation is valid. The Bulls (2-1) took on the University of Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon and fell 6-1 against the Quakers (1-1) at Levy Tennis Pavilion. Penn lost its first match of the spring season against Penn State on Saturday.