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Women's tennis duo takes home double title in Alabama tournament
BY ZACK HERNANDEZ

Photo by Steve Woltman.

Redshirt senior Dora Andrejszki and senior Nora Mindiyarova celebrate after winning the Baili Camino Draw at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic.

The Lewis women’s tennis team finished their fall season in Tuscaloosa, Ala. at the Roberta Alison Invite on Oct. 28.

 

The duo of redshirt senior Dora Andrejszki and senior Nora Mindiyarova ended their season on a high note, winning the Baili Camino Draw.

 

During their first round match on Friday, Oct. 27, the two took down Michelle McKamey and Olga Zavarontaya of Indiana 6-4, advancing to the winner’s bracket. The following day, the tandem defeated Caroline Kelly of Mississippi State and Laura Marti of Clemson 6-2.

 

In the final, Andrejszki and Mindiyarova defeated the top seed in the draw, Smith Hinton and Jacqueline Pelletier of Alabama 7-5. The two women have noticeable chemistry, as they have been playing together for years.

 

“This was the best and most exciting tournament I have played my whole college career,” said Andrejszki. “I hope this helps my teammates in terms of motivation and I also hope I am a good example to them.”

 

In singles, Andrejszki won her third place match in the Dominique Glinzer Draw 7-5, 1-6, 10-7 over Constance Branstine of Southern California. Junior Oana Trus took home third place in the Cantillon Brasington Draw, 6-0, 6-2 over Olha Burak of Tennessee Martin.

 

Andrejszki finished the fall season with the team lead in singles wins, accumulating 10. “It feels good to have the best record, but I wouldn’t be upset at all if someone had a better one,” said Andrejszki.

 

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Andrejszki moved to America just over four years ago. After attending Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, she transferred to Lewis. “It was the best decision I have ever made in my life,” said Andrejszki.

 

Head coach Brett Bridel has been influential in preparing his players for battle throughout the season. “Coach Bridel encourages me every day to get out of my comfort zone and aim higher than what I know I can do,” said Andrejszki. “He is an incredible coach and person as well.”

 

The team will now start off-season workouts, while practice for the spring season officially begins in early 2018.

 

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