Her adjustment to college life was went more smoothly. Her parents came to State to see her play earlier this season, but, not realizing she was ineligible, didn't stay long.
"Both of my parents do their own things, we never ate dinner together because we have totally different schedules," Franco said. "I drove everywhere. I miss home, but it's not like I cry myself to sleep every night."
Her parents, who participate in endurance competitions, were usually busy training. Her father, Sean Franco, competed in his third Ironman Triathlon last weekend in Kona, Hawaii - in which participants must swim 2.4 miles, bicycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. He finished 167th in his age group, and since the 2012 triathlon was a world championship, he also had to qualify for the event.
"It's awesome, I'm so proud of him," Franco said. "I would do triathlons, but not that big. I couldn't do that all day. That's a bit extreme for me."
She's happy to stick with tennis, and could be on her way to high WVC individual honors.
As for the team, State has lost just eight games during a 12-0 season, which includes eight shutouts and victories over non-conference teams Bellarmine (7-2) and Shippensburg (9-0).
There is not a senior on the squad that is expected to earn a sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Championships.
Slusarciuc - a native of Romania - was the No. 1, finishing 7-0 at the top spot until Franco's return. Diana Cotoros, from Moldova, was 9-2 at No. 2 and No. 3 singles; Cora Berna of Spain was 12-0 at No. 3 and No. 4 singles; Hurricane's Jordan Kerns was 4-1 at No. 4 singles; Charlotte Sandy of Great Britain was 10-1 at No. 5 singles and Amber Schneider from Sissonville was 9-2 at No. 6 singles.
All told, the players were 63-6 in singles matches and 32-2 in doubles matches.
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