TORROELLA-CRUZ WINS TWO TITLES AT CACC MEN'S TENNIS INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT
PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 25, 2009) - Freshman Adrian Torroella-Cruz of Philadelphia University won both the singles championship and joined Manoli Sguros to take the doubles crown at the inaugural Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Tennis Individual Tournament Saturday afternoon at Chestnut Hill College. As a result of his victories, Torroella-Cruz garnered both CACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. Rams head coach Marty Gilbert was voted Coach of the Year and Post University won the Team Sportsmanship Award.
Friday's first and second round battles left just two teams with players in contention for day two, Philadelphia and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP). Saturday's action opened with a Phila. U vs. Phila U. battle for the doubles crown and finished with two Rams knocking heads for the singles title.
The number one seeded freshman team of Torroella-Cruz and Manoli Sgouros won the doubles title with their 8-3 win over sophomore teammates Seppi Hutter and Tom McAvoy. Torroella-Cruz and Sgouros earned their way to the doubles championship with victories over Chestnut Hill's Julius Twyman and Steve Hlava 8-1 in round one, and then handled Ricardo Martins and Paul Caceres from USP 8-5. Hutter and McAvoy arrived at the title match with wins over Francisco Garcia and Billy Fine of USP (8-5) and Bloomfield's Andres DeCastro and Jolsten Wattley (8-1) in round two.
In singles action, number one seeded Torroella-Cruz defeated number two seeded Sgouros 6-1, 6-0 for the championship. Torroella-Cruz worked his way through the first two rounds on Friday with a 10-0 shutout over Caldwell's Mike Manna and a 6-4, 7-5 wins over teammate Seppi Hutter. In the semi-finals, he defeated USP's Fransisco Garcia 7-5, 6-1.
Sgouros shutout Cadwell senior Thane McKenzie (10-0), battled it out with Chestnut Hill freshman Steve Halva, 4-6, 6-2, (11-9) and then defeat USP's Paul Caseres in the semifinals 6-4, 7-5.
Tournament results and the All-CACC team are listed below.
#1 Adrian Torroella-Cruz (Phila. U) def. #2 Manoli Sgouros (Phila. U), 6-1, 6-0
#1 Adrian Torroella-Cruz/Manoli Sgouros (Phila. U) def. Tom McAvoy/Seppi Hutter (Phila. U), 8-3
Adrian Torroella-Cruz, Philadelphia
Manoli Sgouros, Philadelphia
Seppi Hutter, Philadelphia
Tom McAvoy, Philadelphia
Francisco Garcia, USP
Paul Caceres, USP
Player of the Year: Adrian Torroella-Cruz, Philadelphia
Rookie of the Year: Adrian Torroella-Cruz, Philadelphia
Coach of the Year: Marty Gilbert, Phialdelphia
Team Sportsmanship Award: Post University