Energy and focus driving the women’s tennis team

Senior Andrea Lazaro warms up prior to the match as the Panthers faced the Brown University Bears at University Park in Miami, Florida on March 27, 2016. (Photo courtesy of FIU Athletics)

By Dalton Tevlin/Staff Writer


The women’s tennis team bounced back from their loss against UCF with a dominating 4-1 victory against the WKU Hilltoppers, improving their record to 12-2

Senior’s Andrea Lazaro and Nerma Caluk continued to dominate in doubles by moving to 13-0 on the season. Both Lazaro and Caluk are having fantastic seasons both individually and in doubles.

“We have been playing together now for four years so we are definitely very confident in each other,” said Lazaro on the relationship with her fellow senior.

The pair play very much in sync with each other, and the time the two have spent together on the court is one of the main factors as to why they have been so successful. They have developed a fantastic on-court relationship as well as an off the court relationship.

“Communication is huge. We need to know where the other person is going to be, so we have to trust each other to switch if the other one switches,” said Caluk.

Coming off the best season in school history, expectations were incredibly high for this team. The connection that the players have with one another and with their coaches is one of the shining traits of the program.

The goal every day for Lazaro is to continue to get better, even after leading this Panthers team and winning Conference USA player of the year last season.

“I’m surrounded by people that help me every day on the court, it was easy for me to come to the court and perform at my best,” said Lazaro.

The women’s tennis team is definitely on a roll this season and they hope to continue their success heading into a home matchup against USF this weekend. The team will try to keep a consistent and positive mindset going into the game.

“Energy is definitely the most important thing. When we have energy and are all on the same page, we are in control,” said Caluk. “Everybody knows how to play tennis and we do to so it’s all just in the head.”