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L&C Women’s Tennis Team is Ready for Home Opener

Article by: Jim Hunstein,

GODFREY – The Lewis and Clark Community College women’s tennis team will kick off the home schedule by hosting William Woods University Friday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex.  

“We’re excited to not only play at home, but to play outside,” said Head Coach Jim Hunstein. “It is nice to have indoor options, but nothing beats playing outside on our home courts.”

The Trailblazers dropped their second match of the year over the weekend, losing to Principia College 8-1 to bring their record to 0-2 during this early season. They lost the season opener last week to McKendree College 9-0.

The only match the team took off Principia came at #6 singles where freshman Molly Stumpf of Alhambra, Illinois defeated Nathalie Deloach 6-4, 6-3.  Fans of Trailblazers sports will recognize Stumpf’s name from her exploits on the L&C volleyball team. This is the first year she has played competitive tennis. 

“Molly really played well,” Hunstein said. “What’s really remarkable about the match was that it was only her second singles match ever. But she brings the same focus and tenacity to the tennis court that she brings to the volleyball court, so her success is not all that surprising.”

The women’s squad is young with four freshmen. In addition to Stumpf, they include Jane Grieser of Springfield, Illinois, Miranda Jackson of Jerseyville, Illinois, and Maddie Swiecicki of Maryville, Illinois. The roster has only two returning sophomores; Mel Schlaeger of Hanau, Germany, and Nikki Steiner of Troy, Illinois.

“The team is young and they have a lot to learn about college tennis,” Hunstein said. “But they are determined to succeed and overcome the two road losses. They’re looking forward to the match on Friday.”

The schedule gets intense after spring break with 11 matches in the next three weeks, starting with regional opponents Kaskaskia College March 22 and Rend Lake College March 24. 

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