10.22.13 WOMEN'S TENNIS: Young Cavs Primed for GLIAC Tournament
Women's Tennis, 2013-10-22
It’s a long way from 3-11 to 10-4. But that is where the Walsh University Women’s Tennis Team is as they prepare for their first GLIAC Tournament which begins on Friday in Midland, Michigan. The Cavs finished 2-9 in their first year of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition. This season has been quite different. Not only are the Cavs eligible for the post season, in this their first year of full NCAA eligibility, but they are primed for a run at the conference championship.
Walsh (12-4, 10-4 GLIAC), the fifth seed in the eight-team tournament, will meet fourth seeded Grand Valley State University (12-3, 11-3) in their first match on Friday at 6:45 pm at the Midland Community Tennis Center. The championships consist of three rounds, with the eight teams seeded based on their regular season conference winning percentage. Below is the championship draw.
2013 Championship Draw
First Round – Friday, Oct. 25– 6:45 p.m.
Order of Play: 1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 6
Match 1: #1 Northwood (14-0) vs. #8 Ferris State (7-7)
Match 2: #4 Grand Valley State (11-3) vs. #5 Walsh (10-4)
Match 3: #2 Wayne State (13-1) vs. #7 Ashland (7-7)
Match 4: #3 Tiffin (12-2) vs. #6 Hillsdale (8-6)
Second Round - Saturday, Oct. 26 – 3:45 p.m.
Order of Play: 1, 3, 4, 6, 2, 5
Match 5: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2
Match 6: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4
Match 7: Loser of Match 1 vs. Loser of Match 2
Match 8: Loser of Match 3 vs. Loser of Match 4
Final Round - Sunday, Oct. 27 - 8:30 a.m.
Order of Play: 2, 4, 5, 6, 1, 3
Match 9 (1st-Place Match): Winner of Match 5 vs. Winner of Match 6
Match 10 (3rd-place Match): Loser of Match 5 vs. Loser of Match 6)
Match 11 (5th-Place Match): Winner of Match 7 vs. Winner of Match 8
The Cavs and Grand Valley met at Walsh in the second match of the season, with GVSU winning 7-2. Walsh lost their first two GLIAC matches to Northwood and Grand Valley on back-to-back days. Since September 7, Walsh has won 10 of 12 conference matches.
The Cavs line-up is vastly different from 2012, due to the heavy recruiting class by second-year head coach Bryan Whittaker. The Cavs left the States and came away with four recruits that have had an immediate impact on the program.
Sofya Logunova (Fr., Praha, Czech Republic/Russian Embassy School in Prague) has played first singles in all 16 matches and has fashioned a 12-4 record. She teamed with Alona Skobkina (Fr., Tarragona, Spain/Instituto Espan de Andorra) at first doubles where the two stand 9-7. Skobkina has played mostly third and fourth singles and brings an 11-5 record into the tournament. Daria Bondareva (Fr., Sankt-Petersburg, Russia/HS) has played second singles and brings a 13-3 mark into the tournament, with six straight wins, and wins in nine of her last ten matches. She is 11-3 in GLIAC play. Anastasiya Dasik (Fr., Kiev, Ukraine/School N 40) has played at mostly number five singles where she is 4-3.
Two returning veterans have played major roles in the teams’ success; Alisha Angle (Jr., Lexington, OH/HS) and Arina Kravitz (So., Youngstown, OH/Boardman). Angle is 13-2 with 13 straight wins at mostly fourth singles (8-1). She is a former GLIAC Player of the Week. Angle also teams with Bondareva at second doubles where the two have fashioned a 9-5 mark, with seven wins in their last ten matches. Kravitz is 6-7 at number six singles and has teamed with Dasik at third doubles with a record of 7-5.
Walsh won just four matches the entire fall and spring season in 2012-13. This season they eclipsed that total on September 19 when they defeated Lake Erie College to improve to 5-2.
It is a long way from 3-11 to 10-4.