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Junior Nicole Shavlik (Two Rivers, Wis.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the Northern Athletics Conference tennis tournament, highlighting the final event of the season for the Lakeland College women's tennis team.
The tournament was held Oct. 3 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis.
Shavlik, Lakeland's No. 1 singles player, lost in the quarterfinals to eventual NAC champion, Maryclare Loughery of Benedictine, 6-0, 6-2.
In the first round, Shavlik defeated Benedictine University's Ewelina Stachulak, 7-5, 6-1. In the round of 16, Shavlik defeated Rockford College's Alyssa Filmore, 7-5, 6-1.
Head coach Leigh Cherveny was pleased with Shavlik's play in the NAC Tournament.
"She had an impressive win against Ewelina Stachulak of Benedictine," said Cherveny. "Nicole made several adjustments, namely keeping the ball deep and moving to the center of the baseline when she hit to Ewlina's backhand. Those actions affected Ewelina's consistency and took away her cross court winners."
Sophomore April Schmitz (Sheboygan, Wis.) also competed in Flight A for Lakeland. Schmitz had a first round bye and was defeated by Edgewood College's Hana Pincsak, 6-2, 6-2 in the round of 16.
"I was most impressed with April, who played a wonderful match against Hannah Pincsak, the No.1 player from Edgewood, in the second round," said Cherveny. "Both players were smashing balls baseline to baseline. I am proud of April for the improvements she has made this season."
Freshman Catie Campion (Sheboygan, Wis.) played in Flight B for the Muskies and was defeated by Kristen Boone of Edgewood, 8-2.
Freshman Jenna Oberthaler (Iron Mountain, Mich.) was defeated by Concordia University-Chicago's Hana Mendoza, 8-1 in the first round of Flight B.
Freshmen Meribeth Mazzi (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Stephanie Rebek (Sheboygan, Wis.) each had a first round bye in Flight C singles. Rebek defeated Cui Zheng of Rockford College, 8-4 and Wisconsin Lutheran's Tiffani Rohan defeated Mazzi, 8-0 in the second round. Rebek lost in the round of 16 to Kristine Weber of Concordia-Wis., 8-0.
Shavlik and Schmitz competed in Flight A doubles for Lakeland and were defeated by Benedictine's Tiffany Wakim and Maryclare Loughery, 8-1.
Mazzi and Rebek were defeated by Viatra Baker and Monica Budzak of Dominican University, 8-0 in Flight B doubles.
This team was the best overall group I've had the pleasure to coach in the last four years," said Cherveny. "They had a willingness to work and were a fine group that represented Lakeland. They were the most enjoyable to work with."
Cherveny is excited for next season as the entire team plans on returning, but says the team needs to work hard in the off season.
"Shavlik and Schmitz should be among the top players in the league," Cherveny said. "Oberthaler and Campion should be earning victories as well."