"This group of seniors have overcome a lot in their four years at SIUE, and it has been an absolute pleasure working with them their senior season," said SIUE Head Coach Nick Mueller. "Each of them offers something different to the team, and they understand the importance of togetherness real well. Monique, Sierra, and McKenzie are all very high-character people, who excel in the classroom and on the tennis court. There is no doubt that our team would not be 14-4 right now without our three seniors."
SIUE is currently on a six-match win streak with a 6-1 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. They will face Jacksonville State Saturday. The Gamecocks are 4-2 in the OVC and will face Eastern Illinois before heading to Edwardsville.
"Each individual player has different things to improve on, and changes and improvement can happen at any time," said Mueller. "I've seen seniors improve while in their last month of competition, and I've also seen freshmen overcome adversity that maybe seemed extremely difficult in January. Improvements can always be made regardless of where they are in their careers. Determination and courage can influence a lot."
While Saturday is about celebrating the team's seniors, he says the team still has high hopes for the rest of the season.
"We have three more conference matches before our trip to the OVC Tournament," said Mueller. "We have lofty goals, and winning the next three matches is part of that. Earning a first round bye in the OVC Tournament also is part of that. Saturday will be about our seniors, and sending them out with a win in their last home match."