Photo by Steve Woltman.
No. 1 singles player Dora Andrejszki returns the ball.
The women’s tennis team went 1-1 achieving a 7-2 win over Walsh University on Saturday, Feb. 17, but then fell to Valparaiso University 5-2 on Sunday, Feb. 18.
Saturday’s non-conference matchup resulted in a clean sweep of the doubles competition in addition to singles victories for No. 1 through No. 4.
The No. 1 doubles team, comprised of Dora Andrejszki and Oana Carmen Trus, earned an 8-1 win over Walsh’s Mercedes Fernandez and Clara Drasch. Similarly, the No. 2 team comprised of Nora Mindiyarova and Simone Parn secured another win at 8-2, while Megan Conlin and Hailey Bruining at No. 3 edged out the competition at 8-5.
Andrejszki, Mindiyarova, Trus and Parn overcame their opponents along the first four courts of the singles competition, improving the Flyers 2-1 record and knocking Walsh to 2-4 so far on the season.
The following morning offered tougher competition as the Flyers finished with only two victories in a singles and doubles match, including two unfinished matches against Valparaiso University. Though the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams fell 8-5, Mindiyarova and Parn were victorious at the No. 2 spot, defeating Randi Wind and Dao Sysouvanh 8-6.
Trus snagged Lewis’ only singles win on the morning at No. 3 with a 6-4, 6-3 score over Valparaiso’s Meg Modesto.
Trus views the solo win as an overall team effort, giving credit to her teammates’ ability to express positive energy during moments of struggle and exhaustion in the competition. “Every time we go on the court, we try to represent Lewis tennis with a positive and competitive attitude,” said Trus.
The loss set the team back 2-2 for the season, but the team’s confidence is still high as they move into conference play. The Flyers’ first conference matchup will be on the road against long-time rival Drury University. “Our biggest rivals are Drury and University of Indianapolis,” said Trus.
However, the tough matches prepare Trus for postseason. “It is always the good, hard matches which motivate us each year to become stronger mentally and physically,” said Trus. “I believe that my team will do anything that it takes to be successful this semester and accomplish our goals of winning conference and bringing better results to nationals than last year.”
The Flyers’ next home competition will take place against Tiffin University on Saturday, March 17 at Five Star Tennis Center in Plainfield, Il.