Well, now it's out in the open that she wants to transfer. Let's see how many coaches come knocking on her door, especially knowing that she would have to sit out a year if she plans on playing in Division I.
Let me also just say that I disagree with your opinion that College Tennis is not a team sport. It certainly is. In addition to doubles, it's important that each team member even if they don't win, stays on the court long enough to relieve some of the pressure from their teammates. It depends on the players pushing each other everyday in practice to get better and better, competing for spots in the line up. Also, as a team, the players have to work together along with the coaches to try to draw the best possible recruits to their institutions and to see to it that said recruit will be a good fit with the returning players. I'm not sure how it is at Baylor, but at many of the other top schools, not only are the women teammates, but also, best friends. The good coaches reinforce this well with team building activities.
Maybe she wont leave considering the coach is already applying to coach elsewhere. But I am absolutely sure she will still have offers. The talent pool in college tennis is slim especially in the mid to lower DI schools. One good player at that level can play #1 at those schools can drop everyone down a spot and will make a huge difference. One good year can seriously help recruiting for future years. Look at last year Bear Maria Biryukova who played 5 and 6 at Baylor. Now at Washington State she plays 2/3 and having a stella year and Washington State who is now ranked in the top 60. She crushed Hawaii's No 4 that just absolutely crushed Baylors # 4.
In a prefect world and society that would be wonderful but that isn't the case. But saying you're absolutely right, you just gave every reason why really good players with pro potential should NOT go to college to play " College tennis." 1) If a player is worrying about the teamates results instead of focusing on her task at hand which should be beating her opponent, not just trying to stay on the court longer, it's not suprising that she loses. ( OMG no wonder college players are done after college being taught that losing is ok. LOL) @) Pushing eachother? Thats too funny. LOL If that was truly the case, they are truly doing a poor job at pushing eachother. Rarely does a player get better in college. Especially the players at the top of the roster. Most players develop before college and not necesary with a team of other players pushing eachother to get better. That theory is very old and out dated. They need a skilled coach who tryly know every aspect of tennis techniques, fundamentals and strategies. just being on the court and playing against eachother wont get it done. You wont ever see a group of professionals training together in a group expecting to get better. Again another reason why there is poor tennis post college. 3) Top top schools don't worry about improving individual players, they focus more on recruiting as they know year after year they can recruit the best american players. ( Stanford, UCLA, USC, Florida, Georgia, North carolina. ( although Fla, and Ga in my opinion do have great development programs in place and players can actually better out of those programs.)ex. Brianna Morgan. 4) I am all for players cheering their teamates on. But knowing every individual is different, and after speakin to many juniors who hate when even their parents say anything from the sidelines, for some it becomes more of a distraction along with the coach who feels he need to instruct the player between every point and not allows the players to find their game. Good tennis players are taught from early stages how to block everyone and everything out and focus intensely on their game and the opponents game. Now you are saying they should also focus on the teams results, the crowd (teamates) cheering for them, and the coach who has a " you should have done this" and "should do that", between many points and on the changeover. Again, disaster for development and any players wanting to further their tennis post college. 5) There hasn't been a school that I haven't heard of drama and players not getting along on the team. Far from best friends. It would be awesome to thinkn its true not its not reality. having played on many sports mens teams I know and men aren't as caty as women, all men still didnt get along. Its also not a great thing but I know its necessary for players to help with recruiting. Coaches and unfortunately most players tend to stretch the truth when recruiting players and they tend to omit the negatives, and incoming players don't forget who said what. So trust is already damaged.
I can go on and on but gotta go back to work. Don't have time to edit sorry for typos.
I am really enjoying the debate. Not trying to offend anyone.