Men’s tennis optimistic for spring campaign

By MaryKate McCann
March 14, 2012

The Cabrini College men’s tennis team finished with four victories in the CSAC conference for the 2010-2011 season. For the first time since the 2008-2009 season, the Cavs also advanced to the CSAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed after finishing the season with a 6-3 win over Gwynedd-Mercy College.

Marywood University, the No. 1 seed, ended the Cavaliers’ season with a 5-0 victory. For the second consecutive year, the Pacers claimed the CSAC title with a 5-1 win over Baptist Bible College.

The Cavs finished the 2010-2011 season with a 5-13 overall record under nine-year head coach Rich Aldrete.

“We made the playoffs,” Aldrete said. “It was completely unexpected.”

Aldrete uses team practices as a way to challenge his players.

“A mature team knows what it takes to win,” Aldrete said. “I make sure our practices are both tough and competitive.”

The team opened its 2012 spring season with a 9-0 loss to Virginia Wesleyan College on Tuesday, March 6. The loss brings the Cavs’ record to 0-4 overall. Cabrini played three games in the fall before starting their spring season in early March.

Walter Jesuncosky, senior history major, has been playing tennis since he was a junior in high school after an injury ended his baseball career.

“Even though it is going to be tough, I believe we will be bringing back the CSAC title to Cabrini,” Jesuncosky said.

Justin Lutteroty, senior marketing major, was Second Team All-Conference for the 2010-2011 season. He has been playing tennis for about five years competitively and really enjoys the Cabrini College athletic program.

“Cabrini has an excellent chance at taking the title this year,” Lutteroty said. “Marywood is a very strong team but we are just as competitive.”

During the team’s recent training trip, they held a team meeting that motivated everyone to strive for the best and want the title back.

The first conference game for the Cavaliers will take place on March, 23 against Baptist Bible College.

“This is going to be a fun and unforgettable season,” Jesuncosky said. “On April 28 we will become the new CSAC champions for men’s tennis.”

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