CSU Vikings Women's Tennis

After a 4-7 start to the season, the CSU Vikings Women’s Tennis team has caught fire. They are winners of seven straight, and are currently 5-0 in Horizon League play.

The Vikings had a rough start to the seasons, including 7-0 losses to both Michigan State and Western Michigan. They also lost 8-1 to Florida Tech and 7-0 to the University of Central Florida.

As soon as in conference play begun, the Vikings took off. They immediately took down Wright State and Northern Kentucky, and have not looked back.

Brian Etzkin has been the head coach of the tennis team for 14 seasons, and this year marks the 12th that the team has double digit wins with him.

What is especially impressive is that the Vikings have had this success with a team composed of mostly underclassmen. The team has just one senior, but three sophomores and three freshmen.

In their most recent matches, the tennis team took on IUPUI and Oberlin.

Against IUPUI, the Vikings won five of six singles matches, and all three doubles matches. Junior Princess Gbadomosi picked up her 46th career win in singles action, and Morgan Nix won her first match on the spring. The Vikings won 6-1.

Against Oberlin, the Vikings again won five of six singles matches, and two of three doubles matches. Mathilde Orange started singles play with a victory, giving her 52 career victories. She is three wins away from cracking CSU’s top ten wins list. The Vikings went on to defeat Oberlin 6-1.

Now 5-0 in the Horizon League, the Vikings will look to keep the good times rolling next week as they take on Milwaukee and Green Bay, at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion. The two matches will wrap up home play for the Vikings.

At 5-0, the Vikings and UIC are currently tied in first place in the Horizon League. UIC has a better overall record at 11-5 and Youngstown State sits at 4-1 in Horizon League play.

If the Vikings win both of their matches this weekend, then a huge showdown awaits. They are scheduled to play UIC on Saturday, April 23rd in Chicago. This match will have huge implications to the seeding of the Horizon League Tournament scheduled to start on Friday, April 29th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Milwaukee is currently 3-2 in the Horizon League, and 9-8 overall, and Green Bay is last in the Horizon League at 0-5, 1-14 overall. Case Western Reserve match that was scheduled to take place on the same day has been cancelled.

Matthew Johns covers Cleveland State sports for Forever Rebuilding. He is also the owner of MGJTalks.blogspot.com and you can follow him on Twitter @MGJTalks