Women’s tennis takes on regionals

Joyce Balash, Assistant Sports Editor

Photo by Steve Woltmann.
Andrejzski has won more than 120 matches and faced less than 30 losses in her two years at Lewis.

 

The women’s tennis team competed in both singles and doubles matches at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional at Northwood University from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24.

Lewis sent four of their players to Midland, Mich. to face off against some of the best competition in the area.

Heading into the tournament, partners redshirt senior Dora Andrejszki and senior Nora Mindiyarova were the No. 1 seed for the doubles bracket. In singles play, Andrejszki was seeded No. 3 and Mindiyarova was seeded behind her at No. 4.

Junior Oana Trus was ranked No. 14 in the singles bracket. Trus and her doubles partner freshman Simone Parn went into tournament play unranked.

Day one was a victorious start to the competition for the Flyers. Andrejszki and Mindiyarova defeated both of their opponents to reach the third round of the 32 team doubles bracket. In the first match, the dynamic duo took down Jane Carter and Kena Bere of University of Illinois-Springfield leading 8-2. They later went on to beat Maryville’s Rebekah Anderson and Lina Kunert with a score of 8-1.

Lewis’ second doubles team of Trus and Parn also went undefeated to advance to the third round. The pair took down Davenport’s Steph Ritson and Adeline Nelson 8-3 and the No. 8 seed from University of Missouri-St. Louis Salome Bleuler and Leticia Lunge 8-5.

In singles competition, Andrejszki defeated Silvia Verebes of Ferris State and Aimee Moccia of Grand Valley State. Trus took down both of her opponents as well. Mindiyarova went 1-1 in singles bracket play; her only loss of the day was against Khadija Da-Silva of Wayne State. Parn was eliminated by the No. 2 seed Larissa Karl from Drury. She lost again in the consolation bracket to knock her out of singles play.

As the weekend went on, the competition grew tougher.

Trus and Parn were knocked out of the doubles bracket, so it was up to Andrejszki and Mindiyarova to win the title for the Flyers. The doubles duo made it to the finals after beating pairs from both Drury and Bellarmine, but fell short to the No. 2 seeds of Great Lakes Valley Conference Foe, Indianapolis with a score of 8-5.

In singles play, Mindiyarova was knocked out in the second round and Trus found defeat in the third round of the singles bracket.

Andrejszki made it the farthest for the Flyers, beating Bella Bergman from Indianapolis, and then going on to dominate the quarterfinals against Wayne State’s Kuznetsova. The semifinal game against No. 2 Karl brought defeat to Andrejszki.

“The ITA Midwest Regional was a great opportunity to compete,” said Trus. “The results make us motivated to do so much better in the next tournament.”

The Flyers will take the court next at the Oracle Cup in Rome, Ga.

 

Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.