Tennis Team Rolls Into GLVC Championships

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Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: On April 14, senior Jesse Hardacre (above) and doubles partner John Richert defeated Ferris State’s No.2 doubles team 8-1.

Kristen Fazio, Contributor

The Lewis University women’s tennis team finished the regular season on a dominant note by winning their last nine matches as both the men’s and women’s teams prepared to play in the GLVC tournament.

Zsofia Lanstiak and Zsofia Kranczicki continued their winning ways April 4 against Olivet Nazarene by each earning a victory in singles play and also claiming a win as a duo in doubles play.

“They are both really skilled and are getting smarter on the court and being intelligent about their shot selection,” head coach Brett Bridel said of the Zsofias, who are undefeated in conference play. “They are playing fantastic in doubles and singles; it’s good for them, and it’s good for our team.”

After blowing past Kentucky Wesleyan 9-0, the women’s team continued their dominance, winning 7-2 against Southern Indiana to extend their streak to six matches. The Flyers won all three doubles matches.

Meanwhile, the men’s team struggled and lost the match 3-6, ending what was a four-match winning streak. Armand Levandi picked up two wins in the match.

“His dog and determination is what stands out the most; he fights for every single point,” Bridel said. “He’s getting the most out of his abilities. Others on the team should be watching and try to emulate what he’s doing.”

The women’s team won convincingly over McKendree 7-2 April 12. However, the men’s team came up short against the Bearcats falling 4-5.

Both teams defeated Bellarmine 7-2 on the road, and the women’s team clinched a GLVC East division title, finishing 6-0 in conference play. On the men’s side, Lewis wrapped up conference play with a 3-2 record.

In the regular season finale, the women’s team capped the season off with an 8-1 victory over Ferris State, extending their win streak to nine and finishing the season with a 12-3 record. However, the men fell short, losing 4-5 after struggling in singles play. The team finished with a 7-6 record.

Entering the GLVC tournament, which was played in Indianapolis, the women were the number one seed in the East, while the men clinched the number two seed.

“I want us to do things the right way, and in the end, if it gives us a victory, that’s awesome,” Bridel said. “We are going to go out and do the best we can in 1-3 doubles and 1-6 singles and see what happens.”

The women opened up against William Jewell in the GLVC tournament, while the men’s team played Rockhurst. To check out the results of these matches, go to lewisflyers.com.

Kristen Fazio

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