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129 Douglas has come a long way since coming to the University of Iowa. "I have grown a lot from the beginning," said Doug- las. "When I came here, I was quite young, (she was 17) and I didn't understand what was going on. I've matured on and off the court and that is what has made the difference. "Now that I am higher in the lineup, I feel great with my game. When I go out there, I know I can do everything I possibly can to get the point for the team." First-year head coach Sasha Schmid has been coaching Douglas since August, and she was sold on Douglas from the beginning. "It quickly became apparent to me that Zoe is a spe- cial kid," said Schmid. "From the minute we started competing in the fall, she has been an excellent competitor and she has a huge heart. at's some- thing that can't always be taught by a coach. "For me to be able to come to this team and find a player that has all of those characteristics; it's some- thing to build upon and it sets a great foundation for us." Aer a strong first fall under Schmid, Douglas believes the Hawkeyes have potential to make noise in the Big Ten Conference this spring. Iowa is 13-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten and Douglas is 11-7 in singles and 12-2 in doubles. "I think it's going to be a good season," said Doug- las. "I think we're going to do well in the Big Ten and surprise people and hopefully make the NCAA Tournament." Schmid also believes big things are in store for Douglas, but she wants the junior to focus on the process and improve daily. "She has All-Big Ten honors in her sights," said Schmid. "I would love to see her make it to the NCAA Tournament with the team. In singles and doubles, she has a great opportunity to qualify as well."

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