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Kromer stepping up as a leader for women's tennis
Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Mark McGee
Kromer stepping up as a leader for women's tennis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lipscomb women’s tennis coach Jamie Aid likes what she has seen in terms of leadership from her seniors in the early part of the season.

While she has been pleased with the effort of the group overall one senior player has consistently stood out in the first four matches – Melissa Kromer. She has posted a 3-1 individual record at No. 4 and a 2-2 doubles record teamed with Laura Kent at No. 1.

“Melissa has done very well at her spot so far,” Aid said. “She has been mentally sound and has showed some maturity on the court. She has been able to impact our lineup a great deal.

“She has been showing what we want to see on the court. We tell our girls we don’t want to be able to tell if they won the point or lost the point. We want them to be consistent in the way they are playing on the court.”

Aid emphasizes the processes of tennis such as strategy and consistency.

“We have been working on going beyond just hitting the ball really hard,” Aid said. “They have to think about where to place the ball and construct a game that complements their weapons.

“Melissa has really taken that on. I have never seen her play the level of tennis she is playing right now.”

The Lady Bisons, 2-2, are playing at IUPUI Friday at 2 p.m. IUPUI is winless in seven matches. Saturday at 10 a.m. they will visit Butler, also 0-7 this season.

“These are two teams our girls are not overly familiar with so we are going into these matches with a different mindset,” Aid said. “These are teams that are not typically on our schedule year in and year out. I think it will be good for our players to go in there and not know too much about their opponents.”