Tennis stays hot in CSAC play with wins over Neumann, Keystone

By Kevin Durso
April 16, 2012

The men’s tennis team remained undefeated in CSAC play by beating the Neumann University Knights in a CSAC match on Friday, April 13, by a score of 7-2.

Seniors Justin Lutteroty, Ian Monson and Nate Martin, as well as junior Ryan Juhring and freshman Anthony DiCicco, picked up wins in individual matches, which Cabrini won 4-2.

Lutteroty and Monson also teamed up for a doubles win. Juhring and Martin scored a doubles win, which paced Cabrini to a 2-1 win in doubles play.

Rich Aldrete, 10th-year head coach, said that with a weaker conference, the possibility of getting an NCAA bid is better. That helps as a recruiting tool, one that has helped add some new faces to the Cabrini lineup, most notable Juhring and DiCicco.

With senior Nate Martin standing near the net, junior Ryan Juhring, Martin’s doubles partner, prepares to serve the ball to a Neumann University player. -- Christian Lamb / Staff Photographer

“Ryan has been just tremendous,” Aldrete said. “He’s beaten five or six players that could easily be the best in the conference.”

Juhring joined the team as a walk-on during this season in the departure of senior Jake Neary. DiCicco is Cabrini’s top recruit this season and possibly a CSAC Rookie of The Year candidate.

“He comes to us with some very good pedigree coming from Middle Township,” Aldrete said. “He had a big win as a freshman. Playing No. 1 spot is a lot of pressure and that sets him up for Rookie of The Year.”

The Cavaliers also won on Saturday, April 14, in another CSAC match against Keystone College, also by a score of 7-2. They were swept 9-0 by King’s College on Sunday, April 15, in a non-conference match.

Cabrini’s record improved to 5-11 over the weekend, which featured two CSAC wins. All of Cabrini’s losses have come against top Division III schools. The experience is something the players are using as a tool to build on their conference success.

“I think they just really helped us in terms of competition,” Monson said. “We’ve played a lot of good teams out of conference and I think that just helps in our practice to win these conference matches.”

Monson joins his senior teammates Lutteroty, Martin and Walter Jesuncosky in the hunt to win the team’s first CSAC title since 2000-01. The team that ended Cabrini’s bid for the title last season, Marywood University, will be the toughest challenge.

Marywood is also undefeated in the CSAC and faces Cabrini in the regular-season finale on Saturday, April 21. The match will likely decide the final seeding of the CSAC tournament.

The Cavaliers still have two matches left on their season. They are scheduled play on Friday, April 20, against Rosemont and the main event on Saturday against Marywood. Both matches are being held at the Dixon Courts.

Both the Cavalier players and coaches alike are eagerly anticipation this match of high stakes.

“I’m really looking forward to next Saturday when we play Marywood with the two undefeated teams,” Aldrete said. “I know we’re going to finish at least second which is good because we wouldn’t have to worry about facing them in the first round of the playoffs. Even though it’s regular season, I want to win that match.”

“We’re looking forward to it and I think we can beat them,” Monson said. “It’s really just the top three that will be our toughest matches.”

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