TOWSON, Md. – The 2013-14 tennis season
comes to a head this weekend in the Landmark Championship. Three of
the four teams have advanced to the championship for the first time
in program history. The winner of each match will receive an
automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Juniata College will host the men’s title match on Sunday at noon while Scranton will host the women at 1:00 p.m. Admission is free for both matches.
The top two seeds prevailed on the men’s side and both teams are searching for their first Landmark Championship. The two teams feature the future of the Landmark, with a talented freshman at No. 1 singles for both sides. The last time they met, Juniata won 6-3 in Washington, D.C., but that was more than a month ago. The Eagles took the 2-1 lead after doubles and secured wins at No. 1, 4, 5, and 6 singles to notch their first Landmark win of the season.
Catholic leads the series 5-2 over Juniata during the course of the Landmark Conference. The Cardinals had won four straight, before the Mar. 15 match-up this season. The two teams have never met in the playoffs, but Catholic does hold the 2-1 advantage in Huntingdon. Catholic is back in the championship for the first time since the conference’s inaugural season in 2008. Juniata is making its first title match appearance after winning its first playoff match on Wednesday.
|No. 2 Catholic at No. 1 Juniata
||Live Stats (TBA)
Scranton is looking for a three-peat after winning the last two Landmark Championships. The Royals are making their fourth straight trip to the title match and their fifth appearance in seven years of Landmark tennis. On the other side of the court, Catholic is in its first championship match appearance in four trips to the playoffs. The third-seeded Cardinals knocked off No. 2 Moravian in the semifinal to reach Sunday’s championship.
Scranton leads the series against Catholic 7-2 in Landmark history. The Royals have won the last two match-ups including last year’s semifinal, but the Cardinals earned a 6-3 win over Scranton during the 2013 regular season. In the five times the two teams have played at Scranton, the Royals are undefeated.
When the two teams met earlier this season, Scranton won 6-3 after taking the 2-1 lead after doubles. The Royals won singles matches at three through six to clinch the win and essentially lock up the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
|No. 3 Catholic at No. 1 Scranton
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