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2011-12

Four Lancers earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete status

6/1/12

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Four members of Grace’s men’s and women’s tennis teams were named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

On the men’s team, Jonathan Allan was one of just 86 male student-athletes honored across the nation.

For the women’s team, a trio of seniors were named Scholar-Athletes in Jenessa Jergensen, Kelli Hamstra and Andrea Redhair.

Allan, Jergensen and Hamstra each earned their second straight Scholar-Athlete award while Redhair’s honor is her first.

To receive Scholar-Athlete status by the NAIA, student-athletes must attain a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and be at least a junior academically.


Three Lancers grab All-MCC honors

10/11/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Mid-Central College Conference named Jenessa Jergensen, Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez to the All-Conference team after their standout performances in 2011.

Jergensen, who is receiving her third All-MCC award, completed her career as one of the all-time greatest players in Lady Lancer history. Overall, she finished tied for second in career singles wins (36-15), fourth in career doubles wins (33-18) and third in total wins (69-33).

On the men's side, freshman Daniel Sanchez made a splash in his first campaign, going undefeated in singles competition. Sanchez finished 11-0 while playing No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 singles.

He was nearly as flawless in doubles play with only a 5-8 loss in the MCC championship match spoiling an 11-1 doubles season.

Blevins, who was paired with Sanchez in doubles play throughout the season, earned an 11-1 record in doubles competition while playing at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

He proved equally tough in singles play, with only one loss to the University of Northwestern Ohio in the second match of the season. Overall, Blevins finished 10-1, including a 7-5, 6-2 win in the MCC championship match at No. 3 singles.


Spring Arbor holds off Grace in MCC championship

10/8/11

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Grace gave its best effort but came up just short to Spring Arbor in the MCC Tournament Championship on Saturday, losing 3-5.

The Lancers (8-4) nearly pulled off a come-from-behind victory after losing two of three doubles matches.

Aaron Blevins and Nikola Todorovic earned wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, but Spring Arbor’s Andrew DeBruyn and Nathan Scholten put the Cougars (11-0) ahead 4-3 entering the final two matches.

Both Cougar singles players earned wins in the first set, but Grace’s Michael Blevins and Daniel Sanchez battled back to leads in the second half. Spring Arbor’s David Darling, however, broke serve at 4-5 in the second set and went on to win in a tiebreaker for the decisive point at No. 1 singles.

In doubles play, Michael Blevins and Todorovic gave Spring Arbor’s No. 1 duo (Thomas Calderon-Aaron Mayes) their first loss of the season with an 8-5 victory.

Sanchez suffered his first loss of the season in doubles competition when he fell 8-5 at No. 2 doubles with Aaron Blevins. His match at No. 2 singles was not completed, which secured a perfect season for him in singles play (12-0).

“This was a super close match, which you’d expect. If we pull out a win here or there, it might be a different story,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “But we fought really hard and played great all-around. I’m proud of these guys and what they accomplished this year.”

Doubles Competition
1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic won 8-5
2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez lost 5-8
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang lost 4-8

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 4-6, 6-7 (3)
3. Aaron Blevins won 7-5, 6-2
4. Nikola Todorovic won 6-1, 6-3
5. Michael Humphrey lost 1-6, 3-6
6. Josh Beguin lost 3-6, 2-6


Grace upsets Taylor, advances to MCC championship

10/6/11

UPLAND, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team took down the second-seeded Taylor University in the MCC tournament semifinals 5-3 and will play for the conference title on Saturday.

The Lancers (8-3), who are the No. 3 seed in the MCC, nearly swept the Trojans (11-3) in doubles competition with only a narrow 8-9 defeat at No. 1 doubles stopping them.

Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez teamed up for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles, and Michael Humphrey and Jack Wang earned a point at No. 3 doubles by the score of 8-5.

Sanchez continued his flawless freshman campaign by winning 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. This year Sanchez is 11-0 in singles play and 11-0 in doubles while playing at a variety of positions, including No. 1 singles and doubles.

Aaron Blevins found a relatively easy win in his match at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-0), and Nikola Todorovic grabbed Grace’s fifth point at No. 4 singles with a straight-set 6-4, 6-1 victory.

“Our guys really pulled together for a strong win today,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “We’re playing some of our best tennis at the right time of the year, and I’m excited to see what happens on Saturday."

Grace snapped an 11-match winning streak for the Trojans, who had beaten the Lancers 6-2 in the regular season on Sept. 10.

The Lancers will take on MCC regular-season champion Spring Arbor University on Saturday at noon for the tournament championship. The winner of Saturday’s match at Spring Arbor, Mich., receives an automatic bid into the NAIA Tournament.

Doubles Competition
1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic lost 8-9
2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-4
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang won 8-5

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 3-6, 3-6
2. Daniel Sanchez won 6-2, 6-3
3. Aaron Blevins won 6-3, 6-0
4. Nikola Todorovic won 6-4, 6-1


Lancers breeze past Marian in MCC First Round

10/4/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team blew by Marian University in the opening round of the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament, taking out the sixth-seeded Knights 5-1.

The Lancers (7-3), who are the No. 3 seed in the MCC, won all three doubles competitions by the score of 8-3. Michael Blevins and Nikola Todorovic won at No. 1, Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez won at No. 2 and Michael Humphrey and Jack Wang took No. 3 doubles.

Sanchez continued his undefeated season by winning 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles, and Todorovic was the final point Grace needed to advance with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles against the Knights (6-8).

Michael Blevins (No. 1 singles) was the lone defeat in singles play after having to retire after the first set due to injury.

“I am very pleased with our effort today,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “We played with a focus, and I know if we play like we did today, we’ll do great in our upcoming matches.”

Grace will face the No. 2-seeded Taylor University on Thursday in Upland, Ind. The Lancers lost 3-6 to Taylor in their regular-season matchup on Sept. 10.

Doubles Competition
1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic won 8-3
2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-3
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang won 8-3

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 4-6, (default)
2. Daniel Sanchez won 6-0, 6-1
4. Nikola Todorovic won 6-1, 6-0


Grace sweeps Bethel to secure third seed

10/1/11

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – With a 9-0 sweep of Bethel College on Saturday, Grace's men's tennis team grabbed third place in the Mid-Central College Conference as the regular season comes to a close.

The Lancers (6-3; 6-2 MCC) will face the sixth-seeded Marian University in the MCC tournament starting next week.

Grace, who was playing without top player Michael Blevins, picked up the slack led by freshman Daniel Sanchez.

Sanchez took a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to complete an undefeated regular season and also finished perfect in doubles competition on the year with an 8-4 victory while playing with Aaron Blevins.

Each Lancer won in straight sets in singles competition. Aaron Blevins went 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2, Nikola Todorovic won 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3, Michael Humphrey finished 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4, Josh Beguin was nearly perfect at No. 5 (6-0, 6-1) and Jon Allan won 6-4, 7-5 at No. 6.

Allan and Todorovic teamed up at No. 2 doubles for an 8-2 win and Humphrey and Jack Wang paired for an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles.

"We are finishing on a strong note and plan to be ready for Marian next week," said head coach Larry Schuh. "We will field our best lineup out there, and our expectation is to go out there and compete for a title."

Doubles Competition
1. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-4
2. Nikola Todorovic/Jon Allan won 8-2
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang won 8-2

Singles Competition

1. Daniel Sanchez won 6-2, 6-2
2. Aaron Blevins won 6-2, 6-4
3. Nikola Todorovic won 7-5, 6-1
4. Michael Humphrey won 6-3, 6-1
5. Josh Beguin won 6-0, 6-1
6. Jon Allan won 6-4, 7-5


Sanchez named NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week

9/28/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The NCCAA awarded freshman Daniel Sanchez as the Men's Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week for Sept. 19-25.

Sanchez continued an impressive first-year campaign by staying undefeated in both doubles and singles competition. He improved to 8-0 at No. 2 doubles with three strong performances this week.

He also improved to 8-0 in singles play with three straight-set victories, including a tough 6-4, 7-6 win over Spring Arbor University's Thomas Calderone.


Lancers top Foresters 5-4

9/24/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace earned an important Mid-Central College Conference win with a 5-4 victory over Huntington University on Saturday.

The Lancers (5-3; 5-2 MCC) earned two doubles wins from Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez at No. 2 doubles and Michael Humphrey and Jack Wang at No. 3 doubles.

Humphrey and Wang came through with a vital 9-7 win to ensure Grace grabbed the early advantage.

In singles play, Sanchez, Todorovic and Aaron Blevins earned the necessary points for the Lancers to take sole possession of third place.

With one MCC match remaining, the Lancers only need a win against Bethel College on Oct. 1 to secure third place in the conference.

“It was really important that we came out strong today,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “Now we are in a position to finish well in conference and set ourselves up for the tournament, which is great.”

The Lancers take a break from conference play on Wednesday when they host Indiana Tech at 2 p.m.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic lost 8-9
2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-3
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang won 9-7

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 2-6, 1-6
2. Daniel Sanchez won 6-2, 6-3
3. Nikola Todorovic won 3-0 (ret.)
4. Aaron Blevins won 6-1, 6-3
5. Josh Beguin lost 3-6, 3-6
6. Michael Humphrey lost (pro set)


Grace slips to Spring Arbor

9/22/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace lost a few close matches to Spring Arbor University, and it was just enough to allow the Cougars to grab a 5-3 victory over the Lancers (4-3; 4-2 MCC) on Thursday.

The Cougars (5-0; 5-0 MCC) took the advantage early by winning two of three doubles competitions. Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez found victory at No. 2 doubles, but Grace fell 8-9 in a tiebreak at No. 3 doubles and 5-8 at No. 1 doubles.

Sanchez continued his impressive freshman campaign by staying undefeated in singles play. He pulled out a 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 2 singles to improve to 7-0.

Aaron Blevins won his sixth singles match of the season at No. 4 singles by the score of 6-4, 6-0. He has won in singles competition in every match but one this year.

Unfortunately for the Lancers, the men could not find two more singles wins to pull even.

“It was honestly a very encouraging loss in that we were right there,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “There were several close points where if we take some of those, then we win the match. But we will move on, and we’re anticipating Saturday’s match.”

Josh Beguin’s match at No. 5 singles was suspended due to rain.

The Lancers will square off with Huntington University on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Miller Field.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic lost 5-8
2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-4
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang lost 8-9

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 3-6, 5-7
2. Daniel Sanchez won 6-4, 7-6
3. Nikola Todorovic lost 4-6, 0-6
4. Aaron Blevins won 6-4, 6-0
5. Josh Beguin *no decision 7-6, 3-6 (sus.)
6. Michael Humphrey lost 3-6, 3-6


Lancers find 8-1 victory over Goshen

9/20/11

GOSHEN, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team improved to 4-1 in the Mid-Central College Conference with an 8-1 victory over Goshen College on Tuesday.

The Lancers (4-2; 4-1 MCC) won at every position besides No. 1 singles, where Michael Blevins had to bow out due to injury.

“I am very happy with our effort and the result today,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “We tried some guys at different positions, and it was good to see everyone pull together for the win.”

Blevins and Nikola Todorovic pulled out an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Jack Wang and Michael Humphrey teamed up for an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

Grace swept doubles play with an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles from Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez.

Sanchez, coming off a strong showing in the ITA Tournament, continued his solid play with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles – his first singles match at that spot.

Todorovic (No. 3 singles) and Aaron Blevins (No. 4 singles) proved too much for the Maple Leafs (1-5; 1-5 MCC) to handle with identical scorelines of 6-1, 6-1.

Josh Beguin also found victory at No. 5 singles as did Humphrey at No. 6 singles.

The Lancers continue MCC play with a home match on Thursday against Spring Arbor University at 3:30 p.m.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic won 8-6
2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-1
3. Michael Humphrey/Jack Wang won 8-5

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 3-6 (ret.)
2. Daniel Sanchez won 6-1, 6-1
3. Nikola Todorovic won 6-1, 6-1
4. Aaron Blevins won 6-1, 6-1
5. Josh Beguin won 6-4, 3-2 (ret.)
6. Michael Humphrey won 6-4, 6-2


Sanchez strong at ITA Tournament

9/17/11

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grace’s men’s tennis team was represented well at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich., this weekend.

Freshman Daniel Sanchez advanced the furthest into the quarterfinals of the 64-person tournament.

He took out the 11th-ranked player in the tournament in the first round, dispatched of one of the host school’s (Aquinas College) top players in the second round, then upset the No. 8 seed in the tournament in the round of 16.

Sanchez was finally eliminated in the quarterfinals when he lost to the No. 3 seed.

Aaron Blevins and Nikola Todorovic also made headway into the tournament.

Blevins made it through the first two rounds of play before falling in the round of 16 by the score of 7-6, 6-4. Todorovic fell in the second round after finding success in the opener.


Lancers take 7-2 win over Marian

9/13/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team continued its strong performance in the Mid-Central College Conference with a 7-2 win over Marian University on Tuesday.

The Lancers (3-2; 3-1 MCC) earned two out of three doubles matches and five of six in singles competition.

Michael Blevins and Nikola Todorovic won together at No. 1 doubles (7-2) then went on to dominate in singles play, losing only one set between the two at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

Aaron Blevins pulled off a tough 7-6, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles, then combined for a 9-8 win at No. 2 doubles with Daniel Sanchez. Sanchez earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles as well.

The Knights (5-4; 3-2 MCC) pulled out points at No. 3 doubles and at No. 5 singles, but Michael Humphrey finished Grace’s scoring 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6 singles.

Grace will be represented at the ITA Tournament this weekend from Sept. 15-17.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic won 8-3

2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 9-8

3. Michael Humphrey/Josh Beguin lost 6-8

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins won 6-0, 6-0

2. Nikola Todorovic won 6-0, 6-1

3. Aaron Blevins won 7-6, 6-1

4. Daniel Sanchez won 6-2, 6-2

5. Jack Wang lost 4-6, 4-6

6. Michael Humphrey won 7-5, 6-4


Trojans deal Lancers first MCC loss of year

9/10/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace suffered its first loss of the year in the Mid-Central College Conference with a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Taylor University on Saturday.

The Trojans (4-2; 3-1 MCC) won two of the three doubles points to gain an early edge, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez earned an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles for the Lancers (2-2; 2-1 MCC).

In singles competition, Aaron Blevins and Sanchez once again proved to be the only winners for Grace.

Blevins won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and the freshman Sanchez pulled of a 7-6 win in the first set then continued with a 6-0 sweep in the second to win at No. 4 singles.

Michael Humphrey (3-6, 5-7) at No. 6 singles and Michael Blevins (3-6, 4-6) at No. 1 singles each lost narrowly in their matches.

"This match served as a wake-up call to our team," said head coach Larry Schuh. "Taylor took advantage of key points better than we did. They are a very good team, and we are going to need to learn how to cash in on pivotal points in order to have a chance to win conference. We are going to keep working hard and grow as tough competitors."

The Lancers return to action at home on Tuesday against Marian University at 3:30 p.m.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic lost 6-8

2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-1

3. Michael Humphrey/Josh Beguin lost 8-9 (5)

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 3-6, 4-6

2. Nikola Todorovic lost 1-6, 5-7

3. Aaron Blevins won 6-1, 6-2

4. Daniel Sanchez won 7-6, 6-0

5. Jack Wang lost 4-6, 0-6

6. Michael Humphrey lost 3-6, 5-7


Men's tennis tops IWU for first time since 1999

9/6/11

MARION, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team snapped a 12-year drought against Indiana Wesleyan with a breakthrough 6-3 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday.

The Lancers (2-1; 2-0 MCC), who have not beaten Indiana Wesleyan since 1999, took two out of three doubles matches and four of six singles matches from the Wildcats (2-2; 1-1 MCC).

Michael Blevins and Nikola Todorovic started the Lancers off on the right foot with an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles. Todorovic went on to win convincingly 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, but Blevins had to retire in the first set of his singles match due to injury.

Aaron Blevins and Daniel Sanchez helped make up for that by combining for three points. The duo won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles, and both players won in straight sets during singles competition.

Michael Humphrey earned Grace’s final point with a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 6 singles.

“This is a really solid win for us. It’s exciting to see that we’ve turned the corner as a program,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “We’re hoping that Michael [Blevins]’s injury isn’t too bad, but in the meantime, we will just need to step up.”

The Lancers have two home matches remaining this week. They face off with Spring Arbor on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. then welcome Marian on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic won, 8-5

2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won, 8-2

3. Michael Humphrey/Josh Beguin lost 6-8

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 2-3 (ret.)

2. Nikola Todorovic won 6-2, 6-2

3. Aaron Blevins won 6-3, 6-3

4. Daniel Sanchez won 6-2, 6-0

5. Jack Wang lost 3-6, 1-6

6. Michael Humphrey won 6-2, 6-2


Lancers drop hard-fought contest to UNOH

9/1/11

LIMA, Ohio – Grace's men's tennis team dropped a narrow 6-3 match to the University of Northwestern Ohio on Thursday.

Freshman Daniel Sanchez was responsible for two of the Lancers' (1-1) points, with a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles and an 8-2 victory with Aaron Blevins at No. 2 doubles.

The Racers (2-0), who were receiving votes in the final NAIA poll of 2011, grabbed the advantage in doubles competition by taking two out of three points.

Nikola Todorovic did his best to keep the Lancers within reach with a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles, but the Racers proved too much to handle. Aaron Blevins dropped a tough three-set tiebreak at No. 3 singles with a scoreline of 6-7, 7-5, 7-6.

"This was a very tough UNOH team we faced tonight," said head coach Larry Schuh. "It was a dog fight all the way to the end, and it was a good match for us to face this early in the season."

The Lancers return to the courts on Tuesday when they face off with conference foe Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., at 3:30 p.m.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic lost 8-4

2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won 8-2

3. Josh Beguin/Michael Humphrey lost 8-2

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins lost 7-6, 6-4

2. Nikola Todorovic won 7-6, 6-4

3. Aaron Blevins lost 6-7, 7-5, 7-6

4. Daniel Sanchez won 7-5, 6-1

5. Jack Wang lost 6-3, 6-4

6. Michael Humphrey lost 6-1, 6-2


Men's tennis impresses in opener

8/30/11

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team started the 2011 season with a 9-0 sweep over Mid-Central College Conference opponent University of Saint Francis on Tuesday.

The Lancers (1-0; 1-0 MCC) lost only 10 games in singles and doubles competition combined in a strong first showing.

Junior Michael Blevins returned to the lineup after battling injuries in 2010 and earned wins at No. 1 doubles with Nikola Todorovic and at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-0). Todorovic also won at No. 2 singles, going 6-0, 6-1.

Michael Humphrey went spotless at No. 3 doubles with Josh Beguin and at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-0), and freshman Daniel Sanchez (from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela) found victory at No. 2 doubles with Aaron Blevins and at No. 4 singles.

Jack Wang also won at No. 5 singles with a scoreline of 6-2, 6-0.

“This is a great confidence boost coming into our MCC schedule,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “Everyone played very confidently, and we look forward to continuing our play into next week.”

The Lancers next conference game is on Sept. 6 at Indiana Wesleyan.

Doubles Competition

1. Michael Blevins/Nikola Todorovic won

2. Aaron Blevins/Daniel Sanchez won

3. Josh Beguin/Michael Humphrey won 8-0

Singles Competition

1. Michael Blevins won 6-1, 6-0

2. Nikola Todorovic won 6-0, 6-1

3. Aaron Blevins won

4. Daniel Sanchez won

5. Jack Wang won 6-2, 6-0

6. Michael Humphrey won 6-0, 6-0


Lancers hope for health in 2011

8/23/11

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace men’s tennis team enters the 2011 season cautiously optimistic.

The Lancers return every top player from a 6-5 season in 2010 that was defined by an injury to No. 1 singles player Michael Blevins. Despite missing the 2009 Mid-Central College Conference singles champion for over half of the year, Grace fought to a fifth-place finish in the MCC.

With the offseason to recover, however, it appears that Michael is set to lead Grace up the conference standings.

“Michael has been playing some high level tennis this summer,” said head coach Larry Schuh. “If he is completely healthy for the entire season, that will put us as a favorite for winning conference this year.”

Two-time All-MCC performer Nikola Todorovic provided consistency for Grace last year, stepping into the top slot. In two seasons, Todorovic has earned 32 victories including a 17-4 record in doubles competition.

Grace returns two other upperclassmen in senior Jonathan Allan and junior Josh Beguin. They will be bolstered by an impressive sophomore class that includes Aaron Blevins who earned All-MCC honors as a freshman.

Aaron was responsible for more wins than any other player on the roster last year, racking up a 9-1 record at No. 2 and No. 3 singles and an 8-2 record in doubles play.

Michael Humphrey and Jack Wang will also look to be factors after strong freshman campaigns. Humphrey went undefeated in the regular season at No. 5 and No. 6 singles and posted a 6-2 record in doubles competition. Wang will hope to continue improvements on a 4-3 doubles record.

Schuh has continued to bring in talented players with incoming freshmen Daniel Sanchez and Ryan Scott. Sanchez, a native of Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, is regarded as one of the top players in the nation, and Scott played No. 1 singles for Mt. Vernon High School (Ill.).

Barring injury the Lancers have the depth and experience to set and reach their lofty goals.

“We need to be healthy to achieve our potential, but our expectation is to win conference and get Grace back to NAIA nationals,” Schuh continued. “We need our top player, but this team has the desire and the ability.”

The Lancers open the season at the University of Saint Francis on Aug. 30 at 4:30 pm.