Cavaliers win one for senior stars

By Brian Loschiavo
October 23, 2008

On an emotional senior day, the Cabrini women’s tennis team closed its regular season schedule posting an impressive 9-0 win over Colonial States Athletic Conference rival Neumann College on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The one-two punch of Dina DiTaranto, senior graphic design and studio art major, and Christine Telling, senior business administration and human resource management major, came out with big wins in their last stand at the Dixon Courts.

The pair won with ease in their doubles match downing Neumann’s Alice Detolla and Courtney Hartel with an 8-1 win. At the No. 1 position in doubles the women notched their sixth consecutive win and 14 of the season.

“It’s a great feeling to win these matches here on senior day,” Telling said, who jumped from the No. 6 to No. 2 spot after just two seasons on the roster.

“I’m really going to miss playing for Cabrini; my experience here has been nothing but great memories,” Telling said.

The pair also ran the table in their respective single matches. DiTaranto notched her 13 overall win of the season with a 6-0 win against Neumann’s Allison Trout in the No. 1 position while Telling collected her 13 win of the season, outdoing Detolla 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot.

As DiTaranto walked off the court after her victory she was embraced by her parents as her eyes welled up with tears.

Reality set in that her days as a Cabrini student athlete were coming to an end.

“It makes me sad that this is my last home match. It’s been a great four years and the Cabrini tennis family has meant more to me than words can describe,” DiTaranto said.

DiTaranto’s parents, Debbie and Andy DiTaranto, who recalled missing only two matches throughout her tennis career here at Cabrini, had nothing but great things to say about the program. “This is a bittersweet moment for us. We’re extremely grateful for the four accomplished years Dina has had here, but at the same time sad that it’s all over,” mother Debbie DiTaranto said.

“When Dina was a freshman, a senior dad told me to make sure I enjoyed watching her play now because it would be over in a minute,” Andy DiTaranto said. “Well, that minute’s up and it’s hard to believe.”

Junior Nicole Pontious accomplished a straight-set shut out over the Knights’ Hartel at the No. 3 spot and ended her regular season with 13 overall wins.

Sophomore exercise science and pre-physical therapy major Stephanie Tighe, who was last season’s Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (now CSAC) rookie of the year ran away with her 15 win of the season at the No. 4 position where she topped Lindsey Ravior with a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Pontious and Tighe also contributed to the 9-0 triumph over Neumann with their 14 doubles match win of the year.

They notched an 8-2 win against Detolla and Rachel Coladonato at the No. 2 position. With this doubles win, Pontious and Tighe are knotted up with DiTaranto and Telling for the team lead in doubles.

“This was a great win today, especially going into the CSACs,” Tighe said. “It has been a great season and I have a lot of confidence in my team going into the tournament.”

Cabrini freshmen Alexis DiCamillo and Michelle Lettman have both held their own on the courts this season in their rookie campaigns, each compiling 15 overall wins in singles, tying Tighes record.

At the five spot DiCamillo came out on top 6-2, 6-0 to beat Michelle Steward of Neumann and Lettman beat Caladanato 6, 2, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot.

“Coming in as a freshman the girls on the team made me feel at home,” DiCamillo, undeclared major, said. “I feel that I have accomplished a lot this season along with the team and I am really looking forward to my first CSAC championship.”

The freshmen duo won an 8-1 battle in doubles at the No. 3 position besting Ravior and Steward. They ended the regular season with 13 wins in their doubles matches.

This win was the Cavaliers eighth 9-0 triumph in CSAC play this season.

“This season played out a lot better than expected. The veteran players showed great leadership and the newcomers matured throughout the season,” head coach John Magee said.

“I am looking forward to beginning post-season play this weekend. I feel that we are prepared to make some noise in the CSAC championships.”

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