Sometimes it’s hard to impress your coach. That hasn’t been the case with Andrean’s Katie Klyczek.
“When we recruited her, we thought she would be playing No. 5 or No. 6 (singles), but she’s playing No. 2 for us,” Indiana women’s tennis coach Lin Loring said. “Katie has done a tremendous job for us. Her improvement from junior tennis has been amazing.
“She was always known as a good player with some big shots, but now she’s turned into such a consistent player. She can grind out long points if she has to.”
Klyczek, a Munster native, didn’t play high school tennis as she focused on USTA national competition.
The sophomore has been magnificent for the Hoosiers, recently being named the Big Ten Conference’s tennis Athlete of the Week after her singles win clinched IU’s win against then-No. 2 Duke on March 15 in Las Vegas.
Klyczek beat Hanna Mar, who was ranked 16th nationally in singles. She rallied from a 3-6 loss in the first set to take the next two sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Besides the win against Duke, Klyczek helped the Hoosiers beat then-No. 10 Michigan 5-2. She teamed with Sophie Garre to win at No. 3 doubles, then stunned Michigan’s Ronit Yurovsky — ranked 39th nationally — 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to give the Hoosiers the lead.
Klyczek sits at No. 90 in the most recent ITA National Singles Rankings, the highest mark of her collegiate career. As a freshman, Klyczek led IU with 24 singles victories and also added 19 doubles wins.
* Munster’s Mary Hill is having success during her final year at Bowling Green State. The senior co-captain has 12 singles victories to go with 30 doubles wins. During her career, Hill is 56-40 overall at singles and 39-16 at doubles. The Falcons are currently in a two-way tie for second place in the Mid-American Conference.
Carson-Newman’s Evan Jurjevic (LaPorte) is second on the team with a .324 batting average. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound sophomore first baseman has added 16 runs, three double, two homers and nine RBI.
Holy Cross junior Tommy Lyons (Valparaiso) was named American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Academic All-American for the 2012-13 season.
Lyons appeared in all 32 games for the Saints and served as the team captain for the second year. He had four goals and 25 assists, and became the first defenseman in Saints history to record 100 career points this season. Lyons maintains a 3.78 GPA while majoring in business and minoring in marketing, communications and sports management.
University of Indianapolis senior Robert Gardner (Lew Wallace) was named the male Great Lakes Valley Conference track Athlete of the Week after his performance at the Bellarmine Invitational last weekend.
Gardner won the 400-meter race with the 11th-best time in NCAA Division-II of 47.39.
He also added NCAA provisional marks in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays, along with his Greyhound teammates, including Jerel Flournoy, also a Lew Wallace product.