Women’s tennis falls short after an impressive regular season

The Cleveland State women’s tennis team finished their regular season strong with a 13-10 overall record and a 6-0 record in Horizon League play. With their undefeated league record, the Vikings clinched the top seed in the Horizon League Tournament.

The 2022 season marked the first time in program history that the Vikings women’s tennis finished with an undefeated record in Horizon League play. Cleveland State took the Horizon League regular-season title convincingly, defeating IUPUI, Milwaukee, and UIC in 7-0 sweeps.

Freshman Tereze Vevere celebrates after scoring. Photo courtesy of Vikings Athletics

For the Vikings, their trip to the Horizon League semifinals marked the 15th time that feat was accomplished in school history and their 11th appearance in a row.

Unfortunately for the Vikings, their season would fall short sooner than they hoped. On Saturday, Apr. 30, Cleveland State lost to Milwaukee in the Horizon League semifinals 4-1, putting an end to their impressive run.

Sophomore Bethany Yauch was the only Viking who put a point on the board against Milwaukee. Cleveland State found themselves shorthanded against Milwaukee as they finished the season with a 13-11 overall record.

Sophomore Bethany Yauch in her match against Milwaukee. Photo courtesy of Vikings Athletics

The Vikings received multiple honors for their 2022 season.

Freshman Oihane Vicario was named Horizon League co-freshman of the year. Freshman Sima Heren and senior Klara Mrcela were both named to the all-league second team. And head coach Frank Polito was named Horizon League coach of the year. This was the first accolade for Polito who finished his fourth season leading the Vikings.