March 26, 2011

CUA remains hot, downs Moravian 5-4 in Pa.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – CUA improved to 2-0 in the Landmark Conference with a 5-4 road win at Moravian (3-3) on Saturday afternoon.  The Cardinals trailed 4-2 in the match before Brian BradleyJoe Gribbin, and Kyle Kramer won at fourth, sixth and fifth singles, respectively, to lift CUA to victory and hand Moravian its first home loss of the season.

The match was played in less than ideal conditions with the start time temperature hovering around 31 degrees and winds gusting upwards of 10 knots.  CUA ultimately had the call on whether to play the match or not and the Cardinals unanimously decided to play.

Bernardo Nogales dropped a tough 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 match to Kevin Holze at first singles and Cassian Utrie was upended 6-4, 6-2 at the second flight to put CUA in an early 2-0 hole. 

Joe Peters got the Cardinals on the board with a 6-2, 6-1 win at third singles and Bradley followed with a 6-4, 6-2 win.  Bradley faced junior Nick Yekito, a three-year starter for the Greyhounds.

Gribbin finished next and he earned a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stefan Toulhouse to tie the score at four and Kramer clinched the victory for CUA by taking down Thomas Turich 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 at the fifth flight.  A senior, Turich is a four-year starter for Moravian, and he led the match 5-4 before Kramer came back to win.  Following Kramer's comeback win the entire CUA team stormed the court in celebration. 

In doubles action, Peters and Utrie fell at the first flight by a score of 8-6 but Nogales and Jean Paul Roman earned an 8-6 win at the second flight.  Toulouse and Turcich then downed CUA's Kramer and Jason Quisberth 8-4 in the final doubles match.

"There was never a moment of doubt from anyone on our team today," Cardinals Head Coach Marty Dowd said. "We pushed through in tough conditions and Kyle (Kramer) finished things off with one of the best gets I have seen in many, many years to help seal the win."

Winners of five straight overall, CUA will return to action on Saturday, April 2 when the Cardinals host Scranton.  Start time is 1 p.m.

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