Senior day teams win big during final home games
Currently in the middle of conference regular season play, the 35 in the nation Men’s and 24 in the nation Women’s team took down St. Mary’s College (Md.) 9-0. Despite both teams coming off a loss to Mary Washington just one day prior, neither team let it affect their mentality coming into Sunday’s match.
For the Women’s team, this is their third 9-0 victory in four matches, all against conference opponents. Penn State Harrisburg and York were the previous teams to fall victim to the dominant performance of these players.
Throughout all nine matches, St. Mary’s College (Md.) won just one game, off the racket of Hallie Hershey against Kara Ferner. Despite this, Ferner had no problems cleaning up her sets, however, winning 6-1, 6-0. The other single matches were also heavily CNU-favored.
Johanna Ranta-aho, ranked twentieth nationally and sixth within the region, capped a 6-0, 6-0 victory for herself. Olivia Reed and Alison Burgess also picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win apiece and Ana Clara Borga and Maygan Brewer won their set 8-0.
The doubles teams were equally dominant. Ranta-aho and Reed, ranked sixth in the region, Colette Gilbert and Amanda Yermal, and Reagan Delp and Lily Schreiber all picked up easy wins 8-0.
On the Men’s side, the singles and doubles teams cleaned house. Andy Mason, ranked 22 regionally, had no problems winning his sets 6-0, 6-1. Ryan Macy, Nicholas Ruzicka, Mason Kolls, and James Baron enjoyed similar successes, with 6-0, 6-3; 6-1, 6-2; 6-2, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-2 victories of their own. Mitch Brody rounded out the singles matches with a near-perfect 6-0, 6-0 performance of his own. Mason and Macy, ranked sixth regionally in the doubles, recorded a 8-1 victory. Ruzicka and William Trang also won 8-1 and Baron and Dominic Lacombe finished the doubles with a 8-0 sweep.
The Women’s team is 8-5 on the season, 3-1 in conference play. Currently they sit third in the conference behind Mary Washington and Salisbury. This was their last home match of the regular season, but they will look to continue their strong performance on the road. They have won seven of their last eight matches. Their next match will be at Southern Virginia on April 5, followed by Frostburg State on April 6 and Carnegie Mellon on April 7.
The Men’s team is currently 8-6, 3-1 in conference play. They are also third in the Capital Athletic Conference behind Mary Washington and Salisbury respectively. They have only lost three matches in the month of March, and will hope to keep that number the same during their upcoming string of road games. This Friday, they will play at Southern Virginia before seeing Frostburg State on April 6 and George Mason on April 7.
~Matthew Scherger, BreakingCNU Editor~