CUA welcomes Scranton on Wednesday for conference semifinal
WASHINGTON – After winning a program record five Landmark Conference matches this season, CUA is ready to host its first Landmark Tournament match on Wednesday afternoon. The second-seeded Cardinals welcome No. 3 seed Scranton to town, with the winner moving into Saturday's championship.
CUA enters the postseason with an overall mark of 14-3, which includes a 5-1 ledger within the Landmark Conference. The Cards have won three straight and seven of their last eight. They are also 6-1 at home this season.
Individually, CUA is led in singles play by Caitlin Porter, who has ripped off 15 straight wins, including a perfect 6-0 record vs. conference opponents, and a 7-0 mark at the 5th flight.
Emma Needham has totaled 14 victories in singles action, while Ritamarie Holden has earned 10 wins.
Overall, the Cardinals are 78-24 in singles play (.765%) and 24-12 against Landmark opponents.
In doubles, CUA is 36-15 overall as a team (.706%) and 13-5 within the conference.
Porter and Holden lead the way with 12 wins apiece, while Isabel Tanco has totaled nine and Elaina Sceusa has earned seven.
CUA and Scranton met on April 6 in Washington, with the Cardinals coming away with a 6-3 win. Marge Selinger, Porter and Needham picked up singles wins, while Selinger and Liz Harvey, Holden and Porter, and Sceusa and Tanco swept the doubles points.
The Royals arrive in Washington sporting a record of 7-7 overall and 4-2 in the Landmark.
Megan Azzalina, Devon Cohen and Emily Walsh lead Scranton with eight singles wins, while Nicole Mahaffey has totaled seven.
In doubles, Cohen and Walsh, along with Azzalina and Mahaffey lead the way with six victories.
This will be CUA's third Landmark Conference Tournament appearance, and first since 2011. The Cardinals have never won a match in the Landmark tourney.
CUA and Scranton will get things started at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Top seed Goucher hosts No. 4 Juniata in the other semifinal, with the championship slated for April 27.