Special to the Leader & Times
Seward County Community College women's tennis team is honored with seven rankings in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Junior Colleges Women's National rankings. The Saints have five in the top forty in singles and two doubles teams in the top 12.
Seward County's Justine Lespes is ranked 2nd in the Nation which is the highest ranking in programs history for a singles player. Lespes defeated Cowley in the Regional Championship to receive a ticket to the National Tournament. At Nationals Lespes upset Tyler Junior College Martins to make it to the Championship match. Lespes fell in three sets to TJC's Anzalotta who is now ranked first in the nation.
Carol Mora is ranked 18th after a quarterfinal appearance in the Regional tournament. Camille Belberka is ranked 32nd, Jimena Llorens receives the 35th ranking, and sophomore Lucia Popluharova is ranked 39th.
Lespes and Mora are ranked seventh in doubles after falling in the semifinals of the regional tournament in the fall. Llorens and Belberka are placed at number 12 in the nation and had a great run in the consolation bracket of the regional tournament last fall.
Seward County Community College men's tennis program sees six singles ranking, and three double teams receive national rankings in the ITA Collegiate Tennis Junior College men's national rankings. After another top performance in the 2021 fall season, the Saints are rewarded with nine total rankings as they prepare for their spring season.
Seward County's Luciano Fisicaro is ranked seventh in singles after making it to the semifinals in the singles draw of the regional tournament in the fall. Luke Quaynor finished in the semifinals of the regional tournament in the fall as well and is ranked eighth. Juan "Mauri" Gonzalez enters the ranking at number 10 in the nation after making it to the quarterfinals of the regionals.
Karlo Krolo also made it to the quarterfinals and is ranked 12th in the nation. Kyllian Savary is ranked 15th in the nation, and Martins Abamu is ranked 27th to wrap up the Saints singles rankings.
Seward County has all three of their double teams ranked with the Regional champions Krolo and Fisicaro at number three, who placed third at the ITA National Tournament in the fall of 2021. Franco Vecchia and Gonzalez are ranked 10th, and Abamu and Savary are placed 11th in the rankings.
The Saints prepare for the spring season with their first match scheduled for February 4th at Collin College.