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Oct. 7, 2014

Injury doesn't spoil women's tennis finale

By Kevin Liszka

The Viking women’s tennis team played their regional tournament Thursday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 18 at the University of Illinois and were represented by sophomore Lauren Golick in the main singles draw.

Junior Mathilde Orange and freshman Jana Schober represented the Vikings in the singles qualifying draw. Sophomore Victoria Bensimon, fresh off Horizon League, who earned player of the week honors at Buffalo the week previous, served as an alternate to the qualifying singles draw. In doubles play, Golick was paired with Bensimon and Schober with Orange.

However, Golick, the team’s top player through the first three months, was a late scratch from the tournament with a sore knee.

Head coach Brian Etzkin stressed that the move was precautionary and the team was closely working with the Cleveland State athletics training staff to monitor the issue.

“It’s disappointing but not the end of the world,” he said, regarding the decision to sit her out. “The real important matches happen in April.”

Schober and Orange each lost tough, two-set matches to competition from Marquette University and Michigan State University respectively.

Bensimon did win her consolation match against competition from Indiana University-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Orange recovered on the second day with a win over IPFW as well.

“Some younger players got some good experience — which is encouraging,” Etzkin said.
The women will now be off until Jan. 17 when the team heads to Columbus for a tournament at the Ohio State University.