Tennis team doubles its pleasure
Moraine Valley College’s tennis team keeps on streaking.
The Cyclones chalked up three more Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference wins last week, which gave them a five-match unbeaten streak. And in none of the most recent matches was Moraine seriously threatened.
The College of Lake County suffered an 8-1 defeat last Tuesday, McHenry College tumbled by that same margin two days later, and the College of DuPage was a 7-2 loser on Friday.
Among the victors against CLC were singles players Kevin Karczynski, Mike Broderick, Tim Stewart, Ryan Adamski and Christian Lagunas. Adamski triumphed after rallying from an opening-set loss. The doubles pair of Brad Smith-Stewart were also pushed to three sets before logging their win.
Karczynski and Broderick remained unbeaten at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively, as they led the way past McHenry. They also stayed perfect at first-doubles, where they were one of three Cyclones duos to prosper on Thursday.
Stewart, Adamski and Smith were the other singles winners, while the teams of Stewart-Smith and Brian Jimenez-Lagunas gave Moraine two more doubles champs. Jimenez-Lagunas had to fight hard for their victory as they outlasted their McHenry foes 7-5, 5-7, 10-7.
Karczynski and Broderick picked up two more singles titles, plus another at No. 1 doubles versus COD. Smith (No. 2), Stewart (No. 4) and Lagunas (No. 6) collected Moraine’s other singles triumphs, while the Lagunas-Jimenez combo reached the winner’s circle for the second straight day.
It was a while in coming, but the Cyclones finally broke out the brooms.
What they swept up wasn’t spring dirt, but Morton College in an ISCC doubleheader. Moraine took two from the Panthers last Monday in Palos Hills, doing so by scores of 6-1 and 5-4.
Kevin Siergiej was the Game 1 star. Not only did the Shepard alumnus handcuff Morton batters to the tune of a five-hit performance on the hill, but he used his own stick to provide the Cyclones’ offense with a couple safeties.
While Siergiej removed most of the doubt regarding the outcome of the opener, Moraine had to scramble to complete its sweep. It trailed by one before Bobby Neylon smacked a game-tying double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
One inning later, Jason Hine sewed up a 5-4 triumph for the hosts by stroking a walk-off single that chased home Brother Rice grad Ryan Gyrion.
Six hits on the day for Neylon weren’t enough to save the Cyclones from a double dip last Saturday. ISCC-leading College of Lake County downed Moraine 10-1 and 8-5.
Among the Cyclones’ biggest highlights of last week was a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Madison College last Saturday in the East-West Tournament in Freeport.
Amie Raynor’s homer handed Moraine a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but the Wolfpack responded with a game-tying run in their portion of the fifth. That’s the way it stayed until the eighth, when Carly Trinley walked and eventually crossed the plate on a passed ball.
That late run made a winner of Raynor in the circle. The Sandburg product threw a complete game for the Cyclones.
Moraine went 3-3 in its other games last week, all of which were parts of doubleheaders. The Cyclones beat Morton twice (11-6, 11-4) on Tuesday, then fell short of South Suburban College twice at home on Wednesday by scores of 10-5 and 9-0. The latter contest lasted just five innings.
On Thursday, Moraine split a pair of ISCC matchups with College of Lake County. After losing a 2-1 heartbreaker in the opener, the Cyclones rebounded to bag an 8-4 win.
Cyclones coach Nicole Selvaggio was recently featured on the Tennis Recruiting Network website, where, as the lone junior college coach on a panel of experts, she gave input to the following question: What important factors in the college recruiting process do student-athletes often overlook when making their decisions?
Her response, and those of other panelists, can be seen in an article at www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1886.