Written by Marquez Slaughter, Correspondent
VSU’s tennis teams are rolling.
The men’s team defeated both the Lee Flames and Shorter Hawks 5-0 in a doubleheader while the women’s team also defeated Lee Flames 6-0 and Shorter Hawks 5-0 in Saturday’s match at the VSU courts.
The wins earned them both their second consecutive Gulf South Conference win.
Sophomores Leo Blay and Xavier Pineda took the men’s first victory Saturday morning at No. 1 in doubles for VSU by winning 8-1 against the Flames’ Eirik Groner and Jake Okines.
Junior Bea Morales Hernandez and freshman Josephine Jedrychowski started the women’s hot-streak with their lead over Lee’s No. 1 Francesca Tondi and Marta Garcia-Nieto.
Junior Gereon Heitmann and senior Andrew Harvin took the next victory at No. 2 when they defeated the Rhys Milne and Boyd Blackburn of Lee 8-5, then following at No. 3, junior Fernando Rivas and freshman Jordi Mas kept the streak going with a perfect 8-0 victory.
Mas also continued his winning streak by with a singles win against Boyd Blackburn at No. 4 (6-1, 6-4) along with Xavier Pineda who won 6-1, 6-1 against Lee’s Karl Hulten at No. 5.
Juniors Laura Ubeda and Sabrina Schmidt (No. 2) also beat Lee 8-0. VSU’s No. 3 freshman Daniella Barta and junior Anke Poncelet and their 8-0 win as well.
In the women’s singles against Lee, Jerychowski (No. 3), Poncelet (No. 5), and senior Joanna Lario (No. 6) defeated their opponents with results of Jerychowski winning 6-1, 6-0, Poncelet winning 6-1, 6-1 and Larion with 6-0, 6-0.
The Blazers staged a comeback in the afternoon, defeating the Shorter Hawks in their second match of the day.
Blay and Pineda defeated the Hawk’s Louis Tourtois and Jimmy Kerjouan 8-1 at No. 1.
The men’s No. 2 and No. 3 took both wins in their positions as Rivas and Mas won 8-1 and Harvin and Heitmann won 8-0.
Mas and Pineda went undefeatable in No. 4 and No. 5 position singles Saturday, beating their opponents Arthur Amat and Patrick Sanders 6-1, 6-1.
The women won in the same order in doubles as they did earlier against Lee. Morales Hernandez and Jedrychowski winning 9-7 at No. 1 against Ornella Frere and Agnes Brun, then Ubeda and Schmidt won 8-5 against Cassandra Wennestrom and Julie Rinderknech at No. 2.
The last winning doubles of the day went to Poncelet and Barta when they beat Sicquena Sinclair and Daniela Chipe 8-3 at No. 3.
In the women’s singles, No. 2 Ubeda and No. 4 Schmidt beat Agnes Brun and Monika Gredzinski with scores of 6-0, 3-0 and 6-2, 6-0.
The Blazers are now nationally ranked 9th for men with a record of 6-2 and 15th for women with a 5-3 record. The teams will take on the No. 11 men and No. 8 women of Columbus State.
The Blazers will take on the Columbus State Cougars on March 9 at Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center in Columbus.