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April 13, 2015

Vikings Tennis seeks strong finish to season

By Jordan Smith

Manuel Bellutti practices his swing

The Vikings men’s tennis team had a dominant month of March, winning six out of their eight matches. Currently, it sits at fourth place in the Horizon League standings.

Senior Manuel Bellutti was the only Viking to go 2-0, taking victories in both the singles and doubles matches during the March 29 double header against Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University. Cleveland State University defeated both schools by a final score of 6-1.

The Vikings began the day by taking the victory in all three of the doubles matches against the Spartans of CWRU. They also won five out of the six singles matches. Along with Bellutti, Jorg Van Der Vloet, Ali Shabib, Mirko Radosevic and Colton Buffington also captured victories in the singles matches against the Spartans for Cleveland State.

The team was able to duplicate its success against Oberlin College. The Vikings jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead after the Shabib and Van Der Vloet duo emerged victorious in the first doubles match. The combos of Bellutti, Andre Mick, Kevin Goth and Radosevic would follow up with victories of their own to sweep the doubles category against the Yeomen.

In singles competition, the Vikings took every match except for the opener.

The Vikings won a close match against the Dukes of Duquesne University by a score of 4-3. The team showed a lot of fight and focused on the job at hand, according to Associate Head Coach Frank Pollio. Shabib and Nolan Marks earned another victory in the doubles category, while Joe VanMeter earned another singles victory to move to 18-11 overall on the season.

The team’s winning ways ended on April 4 when they lost 4-3 to the Youngstown State University.

Women’s tennis continues to struggle. The women’s tennis team has been attempting to improve its 5-12 record. It took two of its last three matches, including a commanding 6-1 victory over the Oakland University Grizzlies.

Coach Brian Etzkin described the match as “a great bounce-back day for the women.”

Cleveland State took two of three doubles matchups. The winning duos of Ellen Folkers, Victoria Bensimon, Mathilde Orange and Princess Gbadamosi all won their matches by a final count of 6-2. In singles competition, the Vikings won every match except the opener.

The women had a tough road schedule as they traveled to Youngstown State for a match on April 3, followed by a match against Duquesne on April 4.

They would suffer a 6-1 defeat at the hand of the Penguins. The match wasn’t a total loss, according to Etzkin, who described it as a learning experience. Though he said he hopes to have another shot at Youngstown State he’s glad to have seen a singles victory from Aleksandra Golawska.

“Aleksandra had a nice win for us today and more important than the win, she was able to make adjustments during the match to get the win,” Etzkin said.