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Men's Tennis - Wed, Apr. 19, 2017

With one conference match remaining, the Lancers sit atop the standings in the Illinois Skyway Conference, with a chance to capture their first Illinois Skyway Conference championship since 2000.

After finishing the 2016 season winless, the Lancers are 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play, with one match remaining, at Elgin, on April 20. CLC leads second placed Oakton by four points and third placed teams Prairie State and Elgin by six.

Before the season began, head coach Jim Love believed that the team would show "significant improvment" from the previous year and also stated that the experience from last season would be "the biggest thing" entering 2017.

"Its been a good year and we are very, very pleased," Love said. "We're optimistic that not only do we think that we can do well this year, but we're optimistic that we can do well next year because we anticipate that we'll have the largest number of these guys back."

The Lancers are also in third place in the NJCAA Region IV standings and are poised to be seeded well in the Region IV Tournament, which begins on April 28 at Moraine Valley.

Love admits that he has been focusing more on regionals this season and has been preparing his players for the possibility of playing two matches in a single day.

"The kids are playing really well and the one big difference that we're not used to is the fact that we are going to be playing two matches on that Friday," Love said. "Our goal is to win that first round match and if we do, we play a second match, so that's two matches in day."

"It's going to be a conditioning factor, both mentally and physically, so there are some challenges. We need to make sure they know they are going to play two matches in singles and doubles. We are excited and we are very pleased."