Cardinal Stritch No Match For Flyers’ Tennis

Photo provided by Steve Woltmann: Armand Levandi, junior, was ranked No. 8 in the ITA Division II National Men’s Tennis Preseason Rankings before the spring season.

David Ridderhoff, Assistant News Editor

After the women started their season with a loss to Northern Illinois, they joined the men in dominating Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee to both earn their first victories of the season.

Cardinal Stritch didn’t even put up a fight, and the Flyers dominated—the women by a score of 8-1, the men 7-2. Both teams are still led by veteran players, but early on it’s apparent there will be contributions from younger players as well.

“On the men’s side, (freshman) Mate Srdanovic is going to be relied upon,” head coach Brett Bridel said. “College tennis is different, and he’s going to have to step up.”

Srdanovic won 6-2, 6-0 in singles, then played a doubles match with partner senior Phillip Kuenzi and won 8-2. The women will get help from freshman Ana Banic.

“She’ll be playing high in the line-up, and we need her to play well in singles and doubles,” Bridel said.

While the teams don’t play at home until March 22, they will be playing three home matches that month and one more in April, all against GLVC opponents. The biggest match the teams will be playing at home will be against Indianapolis on April 11.

“They’re a rival of ours,” said Bridel. “They’ve improved quite a bit, and it should be a great test for our team. We’re definitely going to need the support of the fans.”

The teams were back in action this past weekend, as both teams took the court against Walsh and Malone, while the men also took on Ohio Dominican. Ohio Dominican ranks above the Flyers in the regional standings and will provide the men with their first major challenge of the season. The team’s first home match will, as mentioned, be March 22 at the Jack Oremus Tennis Complex.

David Ridderhoff
David Ridderhoff is a junior Radio/TV broadcast major. He is the sports editor for The Flyer. He is also the general manager of Lewis’ radio station, WLRA. As an avid sports fan, he also collects hats and jerseys from a variety of sports teams.

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