Sherwood serves up stellar year
By Aziz Doleh
Most athletes don’t make it far to play sports at a college level. Some also haven’t played the same sport since they were 14 years old. Many can’t say they are a reason their team won.
Kara Sherwood has always enjoyed tennis, and continues to enjoy the sport.
“Tennis has always been a part of my life, my whole family plays,” Sherwood said.
Sherwood scored her 50th win of her career, with her victory at No. 4 singles against Akron.Sherwood became the ninth Viking to reach the milestone. She is tied for eighth on the all-time singles wins list at Cleveland State with 51 wins, needing just six more victories to move into seventh on the list, making her Viking of the Week.
Kara Sherwood is the Viking Athlete of the Week and is currently a junior studying biology at Cleveland State. Sherwood is number one in doubles and number four in singles.
Sherwood was recruited from Mentor, Ohio. She played three years at Mentor High School, before skipping her senior year to focus on open tournaments. She was selected as the News Herald’s Player of the Decade and compiled a 77-6 record in high school. She advanced to the Division I state tournament all three years, posting a combined 6-2 record at the state tournament, including a 6-2, 6-0 win in the state title match as a junior.
She concluded her junior year with a 33-2 record and finished in the top eight of the state tournament as both a freshman and sophomore. Sherwood was also named as a three-time team MVP, going undefeated in regular season play during her career.
The trio of Kara Sherwood, Maria Lazaris and Nicole Janek all went 2-0 in singles action, picking up six of Cleveland State’s eight points. Sherwood has a team best 8-5 singles record this spring.
“Kara is a tenacious competitor, she has both a powerful serve and a big forehand, which are her weapons,” said coach Brian Etzkin. “She’s also a very good team player, she’s someone the team can count on.”
The women’s tennis team continues to battle through Horizon League competition. The Vikings split their matches last weekend, dropping a hard-fought 4-3 contest at Akron and defeating Detroit, 5-2 in their Horizon League opener. The win against the Titans marked the fifth straight year that Cleveland State has won its league opener, and improved the Vikings’ league record to 22-3 over the last four seasons.
“I think this is our year to win conference, we’ve come so far and have come in second in the past, but with this group of girls I believe we have a shot of winning conference,” Sherwood said.