Courtsey of Landmark Conference
HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The Catholic University men's tennis team claimed the program's first Landmark Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday, knocking off top-seeded Juniata College 5-4. The Cardinals trailed 2-1 after doubles, but battled back to win the title.
Juniata's Elliott Perow and Michael Lifshiftz gave Juniata the 1-0 lead at No. 3 doubles with an 8-0 victory. Catholic's No. 1 team made up of Juan Lorido and Cassian Utrie tied the match with an 8-4 win. The Eagles' Justin Wisniewski and Bryan Gregory earned the 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles to put Juniata back on top.
The two teams traded wins in singles before the match was tied at four with just No. 1 singles left to finish. Lorido outlasted Juniata's Dean Polisena 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 to clinch the match for the Cardinals. Lorido was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player for his efforts. The freshman went undefeated in singles and doubles in both the semifinal and championship match.
Catholic's Brian Bradley, Utrie, and Rocky Alaqbani picked up wins at No. 2, 3, and 6 singles, respectively. Perow and Logan Moore added wins for Juniata at No. 4 and 5 singles.
The Cardinals receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with the win. The NCAA selections will be announced May 5.