Cabrini’s women’s tennis team has wrapped up a successful season as Pennsylvania Athletic Conference champions for the third year running. The Lady Cavaliers overall record is 12-4-0 and is undefeated in the PAC with a record of 11-0-0. Cabrini holds the second-longest streak in the conference history. The team won against Arcadia on Saturday, Oct. 7th, which “sealed the deal” for Cabrini’s undefeated streak.
Captain Caitlin Scott, a senior marketing major who plays in second singles and second doubles said, “The team did wonderfully this season. It was the third year that we won the conference and that was our goal. Gwynedd-Mercy, Marywood and Misericordia were our biggest matches this season. Winning those matches meant we won the conference. Everyone just played their hearts out.”
Scott, as well as, Carolyn Wilson, junior English and secondary education major; Amy Sarbaugh, junior business administration and marketing major; Nicole Pontious, a freshman elementary education major; and Dina DiTaranto, a sophomore fine arts and graphic designs major, all made the PAC Women’s Tennis first team.
According to the Cabrini College Athletics website, Cabrini won five of the nine gold medals that were given at the Allentown West End Racquet, which hosted the PAC Individual Championships. Wilson is the only PAC champion who won in both singles and doubles. Wilson said, “We won 5sets of gold medals, one in doubles and four in singles. This is the biggest year that we walked with that many medals.”
Jackie Creighton, a senior elementary education major, who plays fifth singles and third doubles said, “I think this year was really important because we have not lost a PAC match since my sophomore year and we have stayed undefeated this whole time.
Wilson, who plays third singles and first doubles, said, “I think the reason why we win is because we train the hardest. When I came on as a freshman our talent was always a step above everyone else and we are just a really strong team.”
Many of the players on the women’s tennis team attribute their wins to how close their team is and how they truly exemplify teamwork.
“My doubles partner was Jackie Creighton, she and all the girls on the team were all really helpful,” Pontious said.
Scott said, “We are a family; we are all nine sisters.”
As for next year, many of the remaining players on the team hope to go for a fourth PAC win.
“I know next year I will be in a leadership position but it will be difficult because we are losing Jackie and Caitlin but, it’s going to be my senior year and I want to win and go out with a bang.”
As for now, the team is excited because the have received their first bid to go to NCAA division three nationals, hosted by University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which will take place in May 2007.
Scott said, “What we wanted more than anything was to go to nationals, we just wanted it so bad.”
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