Amongst other things, the diary is designed to

By Tom Hardesty Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Amongst other things, the diary is designed to help the players focus on each and every shot, believe in themselves and handle pressure.

And in Monday's match against visiting Stow, the diary played a significant role _ direct and indirect _ in helping the Rough Riders eke out a 3-2 victory.

With the match tied 2-2, everything came down to the outcome of the third singles contest between Roosevelt's Alicia Collinson and Stow's Jennifer Tyree.

That particular match had been a see-saw affair throughout. Collinson had led 6-5 in the first set, but ended up losing in a tiebreaker. She then won the second set and eventually grabbed a 4-3 lead in the third, only to see Tyree bounce back to go on top 5-4.

Then Tyree, serving for the match, double-faulted twice in a row at deuce to tie things up at 5-5. Collinson held serve to lead 6-5, then Tyree double-faulted four consecutive times in the final game as Collinson pulled out a hard-fought 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 victory.

Afterward, Uhlik harkened back to the diary each player keeps.

"It came down to mental toughness, and we've been working on that a lot," he said, referring to the diary. "You could just see the way Alicia was walking during that match. She was walking with confidence between points, and body language says a lot about a player's mental frame of mind. There was no worry or strain on her face. She handled the pressure extremely well."

Other winners for Roosevelt were Vachana Hegde, who defeated Kristen Harrington 6-2, 6-4 at second singles; and the team of Susan Fridy and Alicia Wargo, which beat Alberta Lui and Keri Montgomery 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles.

Stow's winners were Tricia Choi, who downed Martha Durkalski 6-1, 6-1 at first singles; and the tandem of Anita Rao and Ellen Savirell, which edged Emma Baggett and Nora Noble 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 at second doubles. The latter match, decided in a tiebreaker, is what set up the harrowing final games between Collinson and Tyree at third singles.

Uhlik, whose team improved to 8-3 on the season, has been especially pleased with the steady play of Fridy and Wargo this season. Last year, Fridy and former partner Kathy Gagola were runner-up at first doubles at the Western Reserve Conference Tournament. Gagola then transferred out of the district this year, forcing Fridy to adapt to a new doubles partner.

The transition has gone smoothly, as Fridy and Wargo are 7-1 this season and are unbeaten against WRC South Division competition.

"They've known each other a long time," said Uhlik. "They took lessons together at (Kent) Parks and Rec, so they're familiar with each other. They respect each other ... they're friends.

"They complement each other very well. They're both aggressive, and it's quite imposing when they come to the net simultaneously. It's very distracting for their opponent."

Uhlik said the two play with somewhat of a swagger.

"They play with a very confident air," he said. "Not arrogant, just confident. As a result, you don't see them panicking when they're down or arguing with each other or their opponent.

"They're intelligent players, too. They don't come up (to the net) just

because I told them to come up. They do it because they understand the

game. They calculate the angles and know when to come up and when to

stay back."

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