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Trailblazers Tennis Players Head to Nationals

Article by: Paige Allen (618) 468-3230 pallen@lc.edu

GODFREY – The women’s tennis team took advantage of the nice weather and hit the courts for one last practice Friday before leaving for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona.

The Trailblazers earned their trip to nationals by defeating Rend Lake 9-0 in the NJCAA Region 24 Tournament on April 22. This is the women’s fifth consecutive trip to nationals.

During regional play, the L&C women won all but two individual matches in straight sets.

  • No. 1 Maddie Swiecki defeated Jade Knox 6-0, 6-2. Swiecki is a sophomore from Maryville, Illinois.
  • No. 2 Marta Cabalero defeated Morgan Luttrell 6-0, 6-0. Garcia is a freshman from Grenada, Spain.
  • No. 3 Jane Grieser defeated Katie Titzer 3-6,6-2, 10-7. Grieser is a sophomore from Springfield, Illinois.
  • No. 4 Laura Moore defeated Ashley West 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. Moore is a freshman from Godfrey, Illinois.
  • No. 5 Anna Holland defeated Abby Docherty 6-0, 6-0. Holland is a freshman from Edwardsville, Illinois.
  • No. 6 Anna Ballard defeated Briley Melcher 6-0, 6-0. Ballard is a freshman from Roxana, Illinois.

In doubles, Swiecki/Grieser defeated Knox/West 8-3, Cabalero/Moore defeated Luttrell/Titzer 9-7, and Ballard/Holland defeated Docherty/ Melcher 8-3.

Johnna Kinney, who is completing her first season as the Trailblazers head women’s tennis coach, said her team has continually improved this season despite rainouts and reschedules.

“The women have played hard this season and given it their all. They’ve continued to improve with each match,” Kinney said. “Winning the regional championship was exciting. Now we are practicing hard and looking forward to competing at nationals. It will be a great experience for the team.”

This year’s tournament is being held at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tuscon, Arizona from May 7-12. For tournament results, visit http://bit.ly/2qB7pez

Players from L&C men’s tennis team also earned a return trip to nationals by winning the NJCAA Division I Region 24 Championship against Kaskaskia 8-1 on April 23.

They will compete in the national tournament May 15-19 at the Collin County Tennis Facilities in Plano, Texas.

The Trailblazers swept Kaskaskia in three regional doubles matches and posted five wins out of six singles matches.

Freshman Carson Ware played tennis for Edwardsville High School. Just a year ago, he was helping the Tigers earn another SWC tennis championship. Last week, No. 6 Ware helped his Trailblazers by defeating Tanner Massa 6-4, 6-3 in singles and earning a win with No. 1 doubles partner Daniel Gomez.

This is the third trip to nationals for Head Coach Chris Logan and the men’s players.

Follow the men’s tournament by visiting http://www.collin.edu/athletics/national_tourn/index.html

For more information on Trailblazers athletics, visit http://www.lc.edu/athletics/ or call 618-468-6002.