The Cabrini women’s tennis team continued on its winning streak this past week by conquering Rosemont College 8-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and defeating Alvernia College 9-0 on Saturday, Oct. 6. Having now their 41st straight Pennsylvania Athletic Conference win, the women are now first in the PAC rankings.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the women came out with only one loss throughout all of the matches that afternoon against Rosemont. One of the Cabrini’s captains, Dina DiTaranto played Rosemont’s undefeated Priyanka Reddy in singles.
Although DiTaranto is one of Cabrini’s strongest players, Rosemont’s undefeated player stayed unbeatable that afternoon while the score ended 6-2, 6-3 in favor of Rosemont. It showed though that Cabrini women’s team did not suffer at all from this one loss, by winning all of the other matches in both singles and doubles.
On Saturday, Oct. 6 the women had no trouble defeating Alvernia. Beating Alvernia put them at the top in the PAC standings and improved their overall standings, which are now at 10-2.
DiTaranto proved her singles skills were still the best when she defeated Alvernia’s Jenny McKee, walking away with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Also in singles, the other captain for Cabrini, senior Carolyn Wilson, defeated Hannah Dickey at 6-1, 6-1.
Once again, Cabrini’s duo of Wilson and DiTaranto were unbeatable when playing Alvernia’s Hannah Dickey and Jenny McKee. With no trouble, the Cabrini women walked away with an 8-0 win.
The Cabrini women’s tennis team has clearly had a spectacular season. The strongest players throughout the year have been junior fine arts and graphic design major Dina DiTaranto and senior English and secondary education major Carolyn Wilson. In the singles game, these women are without a doubt talented, but as a team on the doubles court they are the pair to watch as they have become unbeatable.
When asked why they are such a good team, Wilson was quick to say, “In order to be a good doubles team, the players must have games that complement one another. For Dina and I, this is probably our main reason for success.”
DiTaranto’s talents with hitting a strong shot sets the ball up for a perfect volley, Wilson added.
“By the end of the season we practically know exactly what shot each other is going to hit, what each other is thinking strategically and how each other is feeling during the match. This communication is what made us go from a good doubles team to an undefeated doubles team,” Wilson said.
Being ranked No. 1 in the PAC, the women as a team are being studied by other colleges in order not to be defeated. Wilson says it is very nerve-wracking.
“To know when you go into a match that they have been studying and preparing for your team is flattering, but at the same time nerve-wracking. No matter who you are playing, this means that you have to be on top of your game no matter how tired you are from school and other outside factors. The No. 1 team never gets a break.”