Welcome to our new post in this post we talk about Bulls begin their spring campaign .There is no debate on that he is so strong but USF’s senior Grace Shumaker has presented her women’s tennis career with a proposal marked by greater heights, more courage, more ability to do more, and a stronger determination to overcome obstacles.
Who is the leader of Bulls
As the leader of the Bulls, Shumaker hopes that her calling card will be applied to the entire team, with a new roster of new faces and holdovers, as they aim to make noise in the American Athletic Conference.
The Bulls started the home season with a match against Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday afternoon.
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Shumaker said, ‘I like competing on the court, and I genuinely enjoy this game.’ Shumaker, whose 35-19 career singles record has earned her three consecutive spots in the All-AAC team, added, ‘If you never accept defeat, you always have a chance.’
From the start, Shumaker listened to USF coach Christina Moros, who advised keeping the opponent on the court for as long as possible, a strategy that has made Shumaker’s game plan effective, making opponents often nervous looking at her on the other side of the net.
Shumaker’s memorable moment came last season against Northwestern on the home court. Everyone else had finished, and the team’s score was tied at 3-all. Shumaker was still on the court against Northwestern’s Justin Lioong, a player who had defeated her earlier in the season.
She said, ‘It’s just me and him to settle the score.’ ‘I enjoyed being in that moment.’
By the time it was all over, Shumaker fought five match points to defeat Liong 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), leaving her USF teammates lost in emotions and celebrating her victorious netter. USF secured a 4-3 victory.
Shumaker has had five decisive matches in her career, and everyone gathered to watch her racket, which she held high. She won four of them. The only case that didn’t faze her was in 2022 when she washed away VCU’s Paula Exposito Diaz-Delgado before falling 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (4-7) in a nearly four-hour match.
How much points Shumaker losing the first set tiebreak
After losing the first set tiebreak, Shumaker found herself 5-1 down in the second set, two points away from being entirely out, a seemingly impossible situation.
Even after the loss, Shumaker did not concede defeat and redeemed herself. Diaz-Delgado eventually reached the semifinals of the NCAA individual tournament.
Moros said, ‘Grace has been the backbone of our program for the last three years.’ ‘She likes to fight. It’s the best way I can put it. She finds a way to put herself in those matches where sometimes her role may not even be necessary. And it doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the court.
‘When you have a player who is consistent every time they step on the court, it lifts the entire team.’
Following the transfer of All-Conference player Sierra Berry, Shumaker will likely join new faces at the top of the USF lineup, including Texas natives Nadja Bay Christian and Yale transfer Melissa Senli, the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year and last season’s First Team All-Conference player.
But the story of the USF team begins and ends with Australia native Shumaker, who represented her country at the last Winter World University Games.
Shumaker said, ‘I’ve seen people come and go… and I’m still here.’ ‘I am grateful for the friendships I’ve made. And I’m lucky to have a group of good teammates this season. Kristina (Moros) is not only good for tennis but also great for personality. It makes the whole experience enjoyable. I think we have a strong team, the most cohesive so far. We have already built a connection. I’m excited to see what everyone will bring, even if you don’t really know until you start playing matches.’
Shumaker remembers her father’s advice, who was also her primary coach, always telling her to give her maximum effort.
She said, ‘My dad instilled that mentality in me.’ He always said not to worry about how you’re playing, but to throw everything into winning. If you leave everything out there, that’s the victorious effort you need, and the end result will come on its own. It’s not as significant as your effort.’
Shumaker said she calls her parents, Rod and Ali, almost every day to talk to them in Australia, who are dedicated viewers of USF women’s tennis live stream coverage.
She said, ‘Time difference is strange.’ ‘In reality, when I’m playing, my parents can’t sleep. If I eventually go back home, I won’t be surprised, but staying at USF has been the best experience of my life. I’ve experienced living in a different country and met girls from all over the world (in May, she will graduate in psychology with a minor in nutrition).
‘Our current team, I think, is the strongest team we have had so far, very welcoming, very united. We’ve already formed a bond. I’m excited to see what everyone will bring, even if you don’t really know until you start playing matches.