College Notebook: Lewis’ Levandi advances to ITA Men’s Tennis final four
BY DENNIS NELSON For Sun-Times Media October 17, 2013 9:52PM
Lewis Zsofia Kranczicki and Zsofia Lanstiak combined to take third in the nation | Credit: Steve Woltmann
Updated: November 19, 2013 9:42AM
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.
University of St. Francis senior linebacker Josh Mander has been selected as the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Defensive Player of the Week. Mander collected 13 tackles, including 4.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks, and forced a fumble in the Saints’ 28-25 victory over conference rival Robert Morris University.
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 range in 56 games for the Flyers.