April 25, 2012

CUA falls to Scranton 5-2 in conference semifinals

SCRANTON, Pa. – CUA saw its 2011-12 season come to an end on Wednesday, with the Cardinals dropping a 5-2 decision at Scranton in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Tournament.  CUA picked up wins at first and third doubles with Jean Paul Roman and Cassian Utrie winning the first flight, and Brian Bradley and Jason Quisberth teaming up to win the third flight.  The match was played indoors at the Birchwood Fitness & Tennis Club.

In singles play, Utrie was upended by Tim McGurrin 7-5, 6-4 at the first flight, while Roman fell to Joe Morra 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 at the second flight.

At third singles, Scranton's Mike Pannone downed Bradley 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, while Harry Bonet defeated the Cardinals' Joe Peters 6-2, 6-0 at the fourth flight.

The fifth singles match between Jonathan Russo and Kyle Kramer, along with the sixth flight match, between Bennett Kelley and Quisberth, were not finished.  Kramer was winning 5-2 at the time it was called, while Quisberth trailed by the same 5-2 score.

In doubles action, Roman and Utrie rallied from a 6-3 deficit to reel off five straight points and earn an impressive 8-6 win over Morra and Pannone at the first flight, while Bradley and Quisberth earned an 8-4 win vs. Bonet and Russo at the third flight.

At second doubles, the Royals' Kelley and McGurrin earned an 8-3 win over Kramer and Peters.

"There was a lot on the line for this match and we were prepared to fight hard, but Scranton brought its best game," Bradley said afterwards.  "We fought to the best of our abilities and Scranton just happened to play better under the pressure."

Kramer added his thoughts, "I'm really proud of how the season turned out; we gave it our all out there."

CUA ends its year with an impressive 13-4 mark, which included eight straight wins to begin the season.  One of the Cardinals' losses came to Division I foe Loyola (Md.), while the other three were against Scranton and Drew in the regular season, and Scranton in the conference tournament.  This marked the third straight season in which CUA qualified for the conference tournament.

The CUA men's and women's tennis teams dedicated their 2012 seasons to Kelsey Kramer, younger sister of Kyle Kramer, who tragically passed away in a car accident in September of 2011.

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