Photo by Madison Lomas

The women’s tennis team poses to celebrate its number one ranking after the regular season as it prepared for the Horizon League Championships.

 

April 19, 2016

Tennis seasons end in Horizon League semi-finals

Cleveland State University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams’ season came to a close at the Horizon League Championship Semi-Finals. Women’s tennis were off to a good start, winning the first round against Valparaiso 7-0, but lost against Wright State 4-3.

The men won in the first round with a 4-0 victory against Youngstown, but lost in the semi-finals to Valparaiso 4-0.

After this year’s regular season, junior Princess Gbadamosi, senior Mathilde Orange, and junior Victoria Bensimon have 50 singles wins under their belts, as they finish the 2016 Horizon League Championships.

The ladies were trying to win their first championship, despite it being their second time as the top-ranked team in the league.

“We all gave 110 percent in practice every day and almost everyone found time once a week to get extra individual work in,” Gbadamosi said. “Another aspect that has changed on this team is our chemistry — we have done a lot of team bonding that has helped us fight for each other on the court.”

While their journey ended in the semi-finals, they are still confident as they look forward to next season.

“The plan is always to win the conference championships,” Gbadamosi said. “Something I’d like to see this team do is get a team win over a ranked school to push us to the next level.”

As for the men, freshman Benjamin Slade is the sixth rookie to achieve 20 wins in a season, and senior Joe VanMeter has 73 victories in his college career, being the sixth Viking to surpass the 70 win mark.

The team has a lot of potential, however they need some time to grow and gain experience back as they lost four seniors last year, according to sophomore Kevin Goth.

“We try to play with more energy and excitement to make up for the lack of experience,” Goth said. “Our doubles [have improved] since last year, which has led us to many victories this year.”

For more information on the CSU Vikings, visit www.csuvikings.com.


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