Serving it up in the Bend

Head coach Brandon Padgett talking to his team.

Head coach Brandon Padgett talking to his team.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

Akron will head over to Indiana to play the host team of Notre Dame University in the South Bend Invitational.

The invitational will last for the weekend starting on Friday, Sept. 26. The Zips will look to improve on what they did in their open tournament that was hosted in the Akron Shootout, where they won several matches and played well against the other schools in the practice tournament.

Freshman tennis star Ariadna Blinova was just recently named the Zips’ Student-Athlete of the Week. During the Akron Shootout, Blinova went undefeated while winning all of her matches. In doubles action, Blinova and her fellow freshman partner Kati Mdzinarishvili went 2-1 in their weekend matches.

Other teammates to watch for is Senior Olga Shkundia, the lone senior who will look to finish up her career on the winning side while heading back to a MAC championship and a NCAA tournament appearance.