It”s never too early to start building team chemistry, and for the Michigan women”s tennis team, team unity already seems to be strong, despite the fact that the dual match season hasn”t even started yet. In fact, despite having just one senior, leadership isn”t a concern right now.

“The team is really tight this year, and I don”t think (leadership) should be a problem,” junior Jen Duprez said.

That”s fortunate for the Wolverines, because going into The Tribe Classic at William & Mary this weekend, the Wolverines will be missing Jen Vaughn, their lone senior. Vaughn has a nagging hip muscle injury that will keep her out for several more weeks, Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said.

The team will battle Louisiana State, Penn State and William & Mary. The three-day tournament will be played round-robin style.

For the Wolverines, the tournament is a good chance to get ready for the start of the dual match season, since it will not count in the standings.

“It”s more just to get us playing matches to get us mentally prepared for the dual season,” junior Joanne Musgrove said.

“It gives us the opportunity to really evaluate where we”re at,” Ritt said.

Good team chemistry usually translates into more wins. The Wolverines certainly hope that”s the case this weekend.

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