February 27, 2013

Vikings Look To Continue Win Streak Against IPFW & Duquesne

Feb. 27, 2013

Contact: Renee Adam

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State women's tennis team will try to extend its win streak this weekend, hosting IPFW and traveling to Duquesne. The Vikings will open the weekend with a 7:00 p.m. contest against IPFW on Friday (March 1), and will then travel to Duquesne for a 4:00 p.m. match on Saturday (March 2).

Against IPFW: Under head coach Brian Etzkin the Vikings are 7-8 against IPFW, but have won two out of the last three meetings, including a 4-3 victory last season. The Mastodons enter Friday's contest with an even 6-6 record on the year, but have won just one contest out of their last four. Included in IPFW's record so far this season is a pair of 7-0 sweeps against Valparaiso and Wright State and a 4-3 loss to Youngstown State.

***Friday's match against IPFW will take place at Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake, Ohio.

Against Duquesne: The Vikings and the Dukes have meet just twice over the last 10 seasons, with each team picking up a win. CSU earned a 6-1 victory the last time the two teams faced off (2011), while Duquesne earned a 7-0 win back during the 2005-06 season. So far this year Duquesne owns a 4-3 record, with CSU being the first of three Horizon League opponents.

***Saturday's match at Duquesne will take place at Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh in Harmar, Pa. - 1 Alpha Drive//Harmar, Pa.//15238

Last Time Out: The Vikings were able to pick up two wins in their home opener last Sunday (Feb. 24), defeating Ball State (4-3) and Oakland (6-1). With the two victories, CSU improved to 2-0 against Ball State under Etzkin and improved to 10-1 against Oakland.

Vikings Go For Two: A trio of Vikings went 2-0 during singles play last weekend - Alex Bush, Maria Lazaris and Ellen Folkers. Bush's two wins came at the No. 2 spot, while Lazaris picked hers up at No. 4 (Oakland) and No. 5 (Ball State), and Folkers earned hers at No. 5 (Oakland) and No. 6 (Ball State).

Folkers Named Horizon League Player of the Week: After going 2-0 in singles play and 2-0 in doubles action last weekend Ellen Folkers was named the Horizon League Tennis Player of the Week, picking up CSU's first honor of the season. Folkers' singles wins marked the first of the spring season for her, and improved her overall record to 8-7 this year - which is a team-best.

Picking Up The Doubles Point: Cleveland State was able to pick up the doubles point for the first time this season, earning victories in all three doubles matches against Oakland. The Vikings were led by the duo of Ellen Folkers and Mathilde Orange, who have won four out of their last five doubles matches - and lead CSU with a 4-4 record this spring.

Lazaris & Janek In The Record Book: With her two singles wins last Sunday, Maria Lazaris now has 59 on her career, ranking fifth all-time on the singles wins list at Cleveland State. Nicole Janek was also able to improve her career wins total last weekend and is now tied for sixth all-time with 57 career singles victories. The duo is now chasing former Viking Catrine Bjerrehus (2008-12), who ranks fourth with 62 career singles wins.

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