Lady Cavs keep rolling, improve to 7-0 with win over Keystone

By Kevin Durso
September 27, 2011

From left to right, Michelle Lettman, Adriana Scotto, Samantha Trumbo, Victoria Nastala, Alexis DiCamillo and Katie Kennedy make up the undefeated 2011 women’s tennis team. -- Photo by Kevin Durso / Staff Writer

Friday, Sept. 23, was supposed to be another edition of CSAC play for the Cabrini women’s tennis team. Perhaps the only thing that has posed a threat to the Lady Cavs so far this season has been Mother Nature. For the third time this season, and second match in a row, the Lady Cavs’ match, this one against Immaculata University, was postponed due to rain.

With daunting weather threatening play for their Saturday, Sept. 24, match against Keystone College, the Lady Cavs took things indoors, playing their CSAC match a day early at the Radnor Racquet Club. With the schedule changes and short-notice rescheduling taking its toll on the team from Keystone College, Cabrini rolled to a 9-0 win. The win improved the Lady Cavs to 7-0 on the season and 5-0 in CSAC play.

Cabrini’s women’s tennis team has not lost more than five matches in three of the last four seasons. However, even with strong success, the team keeps changing every year.

“I really think every group is different,” eighth-year head coach John Magee said. “I think this group is special because we have two seniors here that have been with me for four years.”

Those two seniors are Michelle Lettman and Alexis DiCamillo. They join sophomores Katie Kennedy, Victoria Nastala, and Adriana Scotto. Rounding out the team is freshman Samantha Trumbo.

The women’s tennis squad is among the many sports teams that play for Cabrini College. However, as one of the most successful teams so far in the young season of Cabrini athletics, the Lady Cavs show strong chemistry and their own unique style of play.

“Something different about tennis that you don’t see in other sports is that we don’t always play all together,” Trumbo said. “There’s not all six of us on one court. We all play separate but we’re still a team.”

Despite winning all of their singles matches on this night, the team still stressed the fact that they are just that: a team.

“We work as a team and then we work as individuals,” DiCamillo said.

“The whole team is sitting on the courts watching and supporting each other,” Kennedy said. “That’s what makes us tight.”

That was fully on display in this match against Keystone College, as an already crazy night on the courts left the team unfazed. While playing a dominant match, it was clear the team enjoyed every second of play.

With their excellent start to the season, the Lady Cavs are working toward their first CSAC title since 2007. Their 5-0 record in conference play has them second in the CSAC standings, trailing only Gwynedd-Mercy College, also undefeated at 6-0 in CSAC play.

The next test against a CSAC opponent for the Lady Cavs comes on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they play Philadelphia Biblical University.  The team hopes to keep shining every step of the way en route to another successful winning season. As they do with every match, they will do it together.

“It’s really a good group to work with,” Magee said. “They’re all good friends and it’s all very positive.”

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