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Tennis prepares for critical weekend

Sabrina Schmidt swings during VSU's match with Alabama-Huntsville. The women fell to the Chargers, 4-5. The men came out on top by the score of 8-1. The women return to the court on Thursday, while the men play on Friday. (Kyle Dawson/THE SPECTATOR)

Written by Marquez Slaughter, Staff Writer

The Blazers men and women tennis teams are set to take on the Alabama-Huntsville’s Chargers, Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (women), West Florida Argonauts and the Concordia Clippers in anticipation of their approaching Gulf South Conference tournaments.

Both teams hope to redeem themselves after 3-5 losses to the Columbus State Cougars on March 9.

The losses moved the No. 9 men’s overall team record to 6-3 and the No. 21 women’s to 5-5. Both teams will have a chance to sink or swim in conference competition when they take on the rival Chargers and the No.4 men and No. 6 women Argonauts.

Wednesday’s matches against the Chargers will also mark the last time seniors Andrew Harvin, Niklas Herbring, Joachim Schemm, Joanna Lario and Laura Ubeda will play an exhibition game as Blazers.

Harvin partnered up with sophomore Xavier Pineda and junior Gereon Heitmann in doubles to obtain a 3-1 record for his senior year.

Herbring owns a 4-2 record this season in singles. He has partnered with Heitmann to produce a 3-3 record in doubles.

Schemm has a 2-1 record in doubles with sophomore Fernando Rivas.

Lario has competed in eight singles matches this season and has a 3-3 record with two unfinished matches.

Ubeda has a 4-2 record with two unfinished matches in singles. She teamed with junior Sabrina Schmidt for a 6-2 standing in doubles.

Coach John Hansen and the Blazers will head to Pensacola, Florida for the women to face the Golden Suns on Thursday at 5 p.m. Arkansas Tech currently sits at 5-8 overall.

The men do not play Thursday, but they are preparing for matches on Friday and Saturday in Pensacola. The men will take on the Argonauts at 11 p.m. on Friday and the Chargers at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Blazers will play six more teams in Pensacola before April 3.  The GSC tournament begins April 14 in Montgomery, Alabama.


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