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Trailblazers Sophomores Will Face Each Other Next Year

Article by: Jim Hunstein,
GODFREY – The bad news is Lewis and Clark Community College women’s tennis sophomore teammates and No. 1 doubles partners Mel Schlaeger (Hanau, Germany) and Nikki Steiner (Troy, Illinois) won’t get to play together after this season. The good news is they will get to play against each other for the next two years.

The only two sophomores on the Trailblazers women’s tennis team have both committed to four-year colleges to continue their academic and athletic careers, and the two schools play each other.

“I’m so happy for Mel and Nikki,” said Head Coach Jim Hunstein. “They both have worked so hard to get this far and now they get to keep going.”

Schlaeger will attend St. Francis College (the Fighting Saints) in Joliet, Illinois. Steiner is going to St. Ambrose College (the Fighting Bees) in Davenport, Iowa. Both schools are in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). St. Francis defeated St. Ambrose 9-0 in this year’s match.

“I can’t wait to see them play next spring,” Hunstein said.  “It’s wonderful when players agree to move on and keep playing, but it’s a whole other deal when their teams play each other.”

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