The Cabrini College women’s tennis team could make history with a win on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Marywood University.
Currently, the women’s team has 33 straight Pennsylvania Athletic Conference wins and approaching the record of 35, ironically held by Marywood. The team, coached by John Magee in his fourth year, has brought nothing but honors to the college.
Since his time here, the team has won three straight PAC team titles, a Cabrini first, went 32-1 against PAC opponents, winning their last 32 in a row, won two of the last three PAC Player of the Year awards, two of the three Rookie of the Year awards and lastly snapped Marywood’s PAC-record winning streak, according to the Cabrini College Athletic Web site.
Coach Magee said, “Megan Simmons and Stephanie Tighe are recruits who have shown tremendous improvement since the start of camp. Megan won the deciding fight at Moravian last week for our first ever victory against them. Stephanie is getting better by the day and Christine Telling is a junior walk-on who has been a pleasant surprise.”
Dina DiTaranto, junior graphic design major said, “This year is a rebuilding year since we lost so many seniors last year, but we are strong and have a good chance at winning the PAC championship. We have three new players that can help us do that.”
The two captains of the team this year are senior English secondary education major Carolyn Wilson and Dina DiTaranto. These two have proved to earn this title with their 2-1 record in doubles and combined 4-2 record in singles.
“Dina and Carolyn are the captains and the players who have been here the longest, and I think the team looks to them for all of the right reasons,” Magee said.
As the team faces the feat of bringing yet another honor to Cabrini College, Coach Magee said, “It is not something that we dwell on. Every athlete feels some kind of nervousness and we constantly discuss embracing it and overcoming it. We would like to invite students and faculty to come out and see us play. We play an aggressive style of tennis and we are a fun, high-spirited team that play our hearts out.”