Oct. 30, 2017

Tennis reaches halfway point of fall season

The Cleveland State women’s and men’s tennis teams recently wrapped up tournaments in Ann Arbor, Mich. and Louisville, Ky., respectively, with mixed results.

The women’s team competed in the ITA Midwest Regional Oct. 12 and 13. While the Vikings went winless in singles action, two doubles teams picked up victories in the first round before falling in the second.

The doubles team of Aleksandra Golawska and Isabella Spindler suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the team of Alex Chatt and Lee Or from Northwestern University. The team’s record stands at 6-1.

“During our home tournament, we got to see glimpses of our capabilities,” head coach Brian Etzkin said. “If we keep working hard on the court and also to come together as a team, we could do something special this year.”

The women will play their final tournament of the fall, the Western Michigan University Super Challenge, Nov. 3-5 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The men’s squad fared a bit better, picking up two consolation titles at the Louisville Invitational, held Oct. 13-15. Matthew Terry followed up his singles title at the Purdue Invite last month by winning the A Consolation draw, defeating Butler University’s Mason Dragos in the final match. He improved to 8-1 on the season.

The doubles team of Benjamin Slade and Jack Santilli won the C Doubles Consolation bracket.  They beat the team of Michael Birnbaum and Paul LaHue from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the title match.

Additionally, Cleveland State won two bonus matches. William Malm won in singles and the doubles team of Nico Mostardi and Luke Phillips was also victorious. Coach Etzkin gave Phillips high praise, saying that he continues to improve greatly every week.

“Off the court, the team continues to gel and support each other which is a good sign,” Etzkin said. “This weekend we have our ITA Regional Tournament in Ann Arbor which will be a great test and opportunity to keep improving.”


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