As the last few weeks of the school year come to an end, so does the tennis season. The Flyers finished the regular season with 10-5, 7-3 in Division II regular season play, nationally ranked 48, and currently sit at 5 in the region. This will give them a bid into the Midwest Regional tournament on May 11 and 12.
The Flyers last match was at the Conference tournament two weeks ago on April 19 and 20. They were able to win by a 4-3 decision in the first round against Maryville. Men’s tennis then took on the Drury Panthers, and lost 4-1, despite winning the doubles point. They were up on courts 1, 2 and 4 in singles, which would have gotten them a win over the number 3 ranked team in the region and this would have potentially moved the Flyers into the top 3 of the region as well.
“Conference was a slight disappointment.” Captain Oskar Lusti said after the loss to Drury. “We came to Indianapolis to get a ring and to upset some teams, but we didn’t get the things done that we wanted to get done.”
The team took a week off of tennis after the tournament, to get their heads clear after suffering a loss that to them was “disappointing.” They are hoping to get back to practice this week and fix the things they need to in order to go to the Midwest Regional and make a run for the NCAA tournament. Their potential first round opponent as of now would be Grand Valley State University, who the Flyers haven’t played in several years.
The Flyers are planned to go to Indianapolis for their regional where they will be on the same side as GVSU, Indianapolis, and Northwood. In order to make the Sweet 16 the Flyers have to win both of their regional matches. They hope to come back stronger on the court May 11 than when they left it on April 19.