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Oct 7,2014

Tennis teams enjoy successful trips

Men, Women perform well at Western Michigan/West Virginia Invitationals

By Kevin LiszkaOld student center

The Cleveland State University’s men and women’s tennis teams have each participated in two invitationals this fall and have been impressive.

Most recently, the men spent the weekend of Friday, Sept. 26 at Western Michigan University, while the women played the Pink Invitational at West Virginia University.

“One of the things we’re looking for in the fall season is trying to find the right combination of doubles teams,” Brian Etzkin, men’s head coach, said.

At Western Michigan, the men’s duo of senior Ali Shabib and sophomore Colton Buffington asserted themselves as a force on the doubles front capturing the Flight, a doubles title with wins of 8-4 in all three matches over Western Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State.

The strong showing put their doubles record to 6-1 on the season. Their performance was a continuation of the momentum they built at the Purdue Invitational the previous week, where they won the consolation bracket title.

Senior Manuel Bellutti was the standout in men’s singles play, capturing the Flight E singles title.

“Manuel played a solid match today to claim the title after playing some good tennis all weekend long,” Etzkin said after his final match.

After opening-match losses in singles play, junior Joe VanMeter and sophomore Andre Mick also recovered to win their consolation brackets.

“Overall, we had a winning record on the weekend, and I was very happy with that,” Etzkin said.
In West Virginia, the women dominated the first two days of singles matches posting a 13-1 record against the University of Buffalo and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

For the women’s team, junior Ellen Folkers and sophomore Lauren Golick each finished the weekend a perfect 3-0 in singles matches. The two players led the Vikings in the early season with five singles match victories each.

In doubles action, the women swept their trio of matches with IUP on the first day. The second day, the team struggled in their first round of doubles action against Buffalo but did recover to pick up two wins against West Virginia. The pairing of Golick and sophomore Princess Gbadamosi led the way with a 2-1 showing.

“They were all playing with a lot of energy and passion, and showed improvement from the beginning of the tournament until today,” Frank Polito, associate head coach.

Each team will be off until Friday, Oct. 10, when the men travel to the University of Toledo for the Rocket Invitational and the women to Buffalo for the Buffalo Invite.