Cardinals continue impressive season, notch 15th win
WASHINGTON – In a back-and-forth match, CUA eventually came out on top, downing Susquehanna 5-4 on Thursday afternoon. The Cardinals have experienced quite a turnaround this season; after going 6-12 overall and 0-6 in the Landmark last year, CUA now boasts an impressive 15-6 mark, including 4-2 in conference action. The season isn't over yet either, as CUA has qualified for the postseason.
Susquehanna won points at the first three singles matches, but CUA rebounded to win the final three flights. The teams then split the first two doubles matches with the Cardinals emerging at the third flight to earn the 5-4 win.
Marjorie Selinger fell to Julia Lerner 6-0, 6-4 at first singles and Andie Ingram was upended by Jessica Kliner 6-4, 6-3 at the second flight. At third singles Susquehanna's Abby Hess downed Elaina Sceusa 6-3, 6-4.
Ritamarie Holden earned the Cardinals first singles win with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 victory over Ellen Pullsinelle at the fourth flight and Caitlin Porter emerged victorious vs. Kim Rogers at fifth singles, by a 6-4, 6-4 count.
At sixth singles Elizabeth Harvey defeated Whitney Arcaro 6-3, 6-0.
At first doubles Selinger and Sceusa earned a 9-7 win over Lerner and Klinger, while at third doubles Porter and Harvey defeated Pullsinelle and Arcaro 8-3.
The Crusaders' Hess and Kim Rogers downed Ingram and Isabel Tanco 8-5 at the second flight.
CUA will next compete in the 2011 Landmark Conference Tournament. Action gets underway on Wednesday, April 27 when the No. 3 Cardinals head to Pennsylvania to take on No. 2 seed Moravian. The other semifinal will pit top-seeded Goucher vs. the No. 4 seed Scranton. The winners of those semifinal matches will then meet in the 2011 Landmark Conference championship on Saturday, April 30.