College Notebook: Lewis’ Levandi advances to ITA Men’s Tennis final four
BY DENNIS NELSON For Sun-Times Media October 17, 2013 9:54PM
Lewis Zsofia Kranczicki and Zsofia Lanstiak combined to take third in the nation | Credit: Steve Woltmann
Updated: November 19, 2013 9:44AM
Lewis University junior Armand Levandi did not come away a champion the USTA/ITA National Small College Men’s Tennis Championships last weekend in Fort Myers, Florida.
He did, however, come away with the best finish in Flyer history.
Levandi advanced to the final four, but lost twice to take fourth place in the nation. Uno Lapimaa finished fifth in the nation in 2011.
“Armand has had a very good fall season,” Lewis head men’s tennis coach Brett Bridel said. “While he didn’t play his best tennis (at the tournament), he can draw from this experience in the future.”
Azusa Pacific’s Jan Meyer posted a 6-3, 7-5 win over Levandi in the third-place match at Three Oaks Tennis Center. Levandi had won 23 straight matches heading into the semifinals.
The 2013 ITA Scholar Athlete award winner was ranked No. 1 in the nation among Division II players during the spring season earlier this year.
“Armand came back to school in great shape and ready to compete from the beginning of the semester,” Bridel said. “That was very important for his success.”
For the second time in the last three years, Lewis’ senior duo of Zsofia Kranczicki and Zsofia Lanstiak took third place in the USTA/ITA National Small College Women’s Tennis Championships.
After losing their semifinal match, the duo was awarded a walkover victory over Southwest Baptist’s Fannie Varga and Christina Zentai in the third-place match.
Individually, Lanstiak took sixth in the singles bracket.
“Zso has struggled a bit this fall with an injury, so we need her to get well, stronger and move forward,” Bridel said.
The unbeaten Lewis University men’s soccer team has moved up to No. 5 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll. The Flyers, who were ranked No. 11 last week, are 8-0-4 overall and 7-0-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Leading a contingent of Saint Xavier runners to an impressive fifth-place team finish at the NAIA Pre-Nationals Invitational, senior Brian Corcoran has been named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. He posted a personal-best 12th place finish at the 34-team meet and is the first Cougar to win the conference’s weekly award this year.
For the second week in a row, Moraine Valley is ranked No. 20 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll. The Cyclones are 20-5 overall and since losing to South Suburban a month ago, have won 12 of their last 13 matches.
South Suburban (23-11) received some votes, but failed to crack the top 20 this week. The Bulldogs lost four straight matches at the DMACC Tournament at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, IA. South Suburban fell to No. 2 Parkland, No. 9 Kirkwood, Marshalltown and No. 15 Des Moines.
Lewis University junior guard Ryan Jackson has been selected to both the Sporting News and Division II Bulletin Preseason Honorable Mention All-America Men’s Basketball teams. Jackson, a two-year starter, has averaged 15 points per game and shot 37.1 percent (53-for-143) from beyond three-point