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Following a breakout fall season, freshman Kelsey Haviland is turning her focus toward the spring season and guiding the Buckeyes back to the NCAA Tournament. The Dayton, Ohio, native turned a team high six singles wins and contributed five doubles victories over the course of her debut fall season. She takes time now to sit down and answer some questions about her freshman year, why she became a Buckeye and how her teammates are helping her out.

Q: First off, how has your freshman year been so far at Ohio State?

A: It’s going really well!  I’m enjoying and doing well in all of my classes, improving my tennis game, and having a great time.  It’s great to finally be a Buckeye.

Q: What was your reason for choosing to become a Buckeye?

A: I knew that I wanted to play for Coach Merzbacher and I love the girls on the team.  Ohio State has everything to offer, the best facilities, equipment, training, and academics.  It’s close to home for me and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

Q: What has been the biggest adjustment for you in moving from prep to collegiate tennis?

A: The pressure is different in college tennis.  I’m not playing for myself anymore, I’m playing for the school and my team.  It’s been a great experience so far and we’re all really excited for the upcoming season.

Q: How have your teammates helped you make that adjustment?

A: The girls have been great.  Sometimes it’s hard being the only freshman, but they’ve gone out of their way to make sure I’m getting to where I need to be and helping me with anything they can.  I’m very lucky to have them as teammates.

Q: What part of your game do you think needs the most improvement? What part of your game do you feel is a strength?

A:  This fall I’ve been working a lot on my doubles and improving my net game. My serve is definitely one of my strengths. When I’m serving well I get a lot of free points.

Q: Which match or trip of the spring season are you most looking forward to?

A: I’m definitely looking forward to spring break when we go to Las Vegas!  I’ve never been there before and it should be a lot of fun.

Q: Lastly, what are your goals, both team-related and personal, for the season?

A: My goal is to stay healthy, keep good grades, and continue improving my game. As a team our goal is to make the round of 16 at NCAA’s…and of course beat Michigan!

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