March 11, 2008

Men’s Tennis Goes 3-1 on Spring Break

Men's Tennis Goes 3-1 on Spring Break
Cards play Moravian on Saturday

3/11/2008

WASHINGTON- The Catholic University men's tennis squad had a successful spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, S.C., last week.  The Cardinals went 3-1 which improves them to 4-2 on the season as they begin conference play on Saturday.

The Cards started out with a 9-0 victory over Cabrini.  Andrew Kracht (Sellersville, Pa./Pennridge) won two tight sets 7-5, 7-5 at number one singles to start the victories as each spot handily won its respective match.  In doubles play, John Dillon (River Forest, Ill./Fenwick) and Connor Donnelly (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) won 8-6 at number one while Joe Gribbin (Washington, D.C./) and Ian Pepek (Russell, Mass./St. Mary's) took the number two match 8-6 as well.

Against Wartburg, CUA managed the 7-2 victory suffering defeats only at number one and number four.  Kracht won 6-1, 6-3 at number two and Mike Schinella (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) was the winner in the three spot by a score of 6-1, 6-0.  The Cardinals took all three of the doubles matches.

CUA suffered its only defeat to Augustana by a score of 6-3.  The Cardinal victories included Dillon at number two winning 6-1, 6-4 as well as Schinella 6-0, 6-3 at number three and Michael Reaney (River Forest, Ill./Fenwick) at number six by a score of 6-0, 6-2.  This marked CUA's first loss since September, 2007.

The Cards concluded the trip with a 6-3 win over Elizabethtown.  The Cardinals won spots 2-5 including a gutsy performance by Reaney who went into the third set winning just one and pulling out the victory.  The number one doubles match featuring the team of Kracht and Dillon came out on top 8-3 to help the Cards to the victory.  

CUA had a final match scheduled against Maryville which was cancelled due to rain putting their spring break record at 3-1.  The Cards will begin conference play on Saturday as they host Moravian at 1 p.m.

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