CUA drops hard-fought match to Royals in conference tourney
WASHINGTON – In a match that came down to the wire, CUA fell to Scranton 5-3 on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference Tournament. After winning one of the doubles points, CUA rallied for wins at 1st and 2nd singles to tie the score at three. Scranton came away with wins at the next two singles matches however, to earn the victory.
In doubles play, Marge Selinger and Liz Harvey defeated Stephanie Boccuzzi and Nicole Mahaffey 8-3 at the 1st flight.
CUA's Ritamarie Holden and Caitlin Porter were downed 8-2 at the 2nd flight by Devon Cohen and Emily Walsh, while Isabel Tanco and Andie Ingram dropped an 8-6 decision to Megan Azzalina and Lindsay Ward at 3rd doubles.
In singles action, Selinger put away Boccuzzi 6-2, 6-0 at the 1st flight, and Harvey defeated Cohen 6-2, 7-5 at the 2nd flight.
Elaina Sceusa dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to Walsh at the 4th flight, while Porter was upended 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at 5th singles. It was the first loss in singles play for Porter this season.
At 6th singles, Emma Needham dropped a hard-fought match, 7-5, 6-4.
Ritamarie Holden was leading Azzalina at the 3rd flight, but the match was not finished.
CUA finishes the season with 14 wins, including a program record five within the Landmark Conference. This marked the first time the Cards hosted a Landmark Tournament match.
Head Coach Dana Dowd offered her thoughts on this year's edition of the CUA Cardinals. "This was the culmination of a group of young women who came in together three and four years ago and played a lot of tennis for us as underclassmen. They improved, they developed over the last couple of years, and they were rewarded this season."
She continued, "Each one of the ladies on this team is a seasoned competitor. They learned to be that way their first two years when they took their lumps, but learned from it. This group played together and played for one another."
Dowd was then asked about this year's senior class. "I'm lucky; they came in as a package along with their parents and have been wonderful representatives of this program and this university. If I had to hand-pick who would be on my team, these women would be the ones I'd select."