DiTaranto fights to regain title

By Brittany McLeod
October 11, 2007

Cabrini Athletic Department

The women’s tennis team continues to dominate the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference as they increase their record-breaking win streak to 41.

Leading the way is junior co-captain Dina DiTaranto. As this issue’s player of the week, DiTaranto has just one loss in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference this season.

This year, the women have broken the PAC record for consecutive wins with 41 straight, topping the previous 35 set by Marywood. A perennial PAC powerhouse, the team has brought home three straight PAC titles, won two of the last three PAC Player of the Year awards and two of the last three Rookie of the Year awards.

After losing two key seniors, DiTaranto feels the rest of the team has stepped up to defend their title. “This year is definitely a rebuilding year. The team is awesome, the freshmen are awesome and everyone is motivated to win. I’m really happy with what we’ve done so far,” DiTaranto said.

DiTaranto trains at home with a personal instructor during the summer. Alongside her own training, she instructs at a country club. “It’s all tennis, all the time,” she said.

DiTaranto is 10-2 in singles competition and with one loss in PAC play. She is 10-2 in doubles play and undefeated in the PAC. With a win streak of six in both categories, DiTaranto has consistently crushed PAC opponents since her freshman year.

As the team sets their eyes on yet another PAC title, they face conference rivals Rosemont College, Immaculata University, Alvernia College and Neumann College in the upcoming weeks.

“Rosemont is huge for me because I’ll be going up against last year’s PAC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, which is what I did my freshman year. So it’s like I’m fighting to regain my title,” DiTaranto said.

After defeating their biggest competition, Gwynedd-Mercy College, DiTaranto feels that the PAC title is at Cabrini’s fingertips.

The Lady Cavaliers play their last home match on Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. before team and individual championships begin on Oct. 20.

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