Women’s College Tennis: Lewis standout Zsofia Kranczicki named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media May 16, 2014 4:40PM
Lewis senior Zsofia Kranczicki is the GLVC Player of the Year. | Steve Woltmann/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 17, 2014 4:40PM
Her name is hard to pronounce. Her game’s difficult to beat.
Zsofia Kranczicki is about to end a stellar four-year career as the No. 1 singles tennis player at Lewis.
She’s the third straight Flyer to earn the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year award. Teammate and doubles partner, senior Zsofia Lanstiak, won the award the previous two seasons.
“I’m really excited for Zsofi that she was named the GLVC Player of the Year,” Lewis coach Brett Bridel said. “She consistently performs at a high level, works hard and is the ultimate team player.”
“I am extremely happy that I was recognized as the GLVC Player of the Year, especially because it’s my senior year,” Kranczicki said. “It shows the hard work I have done this year.”
The same can be said of her four-year career. The Hungarian-born international business major is 112-15 in singles play and 102-20 in doubles matches over her career. She was teamed with fellow Hungarian-born Lanstiak the past two years. They took third in the nation at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in October and are ranked No. 3 nationally.
“They are very skilled players and fierce competitors who hate to lose,” Bridel said of the Zsofias. “That is a great combination to have. They are a dream come true to coach and watch perform and I don’t want the dream to end.”
The four-year, all-GLVC performer emigrated from Hungary and spent a lot of time observing the American game of tennis during her freshman season.
“I believe that proved to be valuable in the long run because she could see things that the older players did and didn’t do, the sacrifices they chose to make for their team, and how that all played a huge part in our teams ability to get the most out of our ability,” Bridel said.
“I am a completely different person and player on the tennis court,” Kranczicki said. “I’ve improved so much both mentally and physically. Those two factors definitely influence my tennis. I gained so much confidence over the years because of my fitness level, and every time I step on the court I believe in myself.”
She learned quickly. Kranczicki hasn’t lost a GLVC match of any kind since the 2011-12 season.
“It is difficult for me to put into words what she has meant for our program over her career,” Bridel said. “The obvious statistics both individually and team have been something never done here before. But, the things that most people outside of the team don’t know about are probably the most meaningful. Zsofia has been a dream to work with and coach. She can never be replaced.”