CACC MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAMS FALL AT NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS
NEW HAVEN, CT (May 11, 2009) - The Philadelphia University men's and women's tennis teams and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia men's squad all fell at their respective NCAA Division II East Region Tournament matches last week. The Philadelphia men were seeded sixth and USP was No. 8, while the Lady Rams entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed.
The Philadelphia men saw their season come to an end on Thursday, May 7, with a 5-0 loss to No. 3 Stonehill College. All three PhilaU doubles teams went down to start off the match, with the #1 freshmen team of Adrian Torroella-Cruz and Manoli Sgouros dropping a tough 8-5 match to Tim Fayed and Mike Mashkevich. With the Skyhawks leading 3-0 going into singles competition, #4 sophomore Tom McAvoy fell 6-2, 6-1 to Jason Allegretti and #6 sophomore Mario Bermeo dropped his match 6-1, 6-1 to Jon Burke to finalize the defeat. The Rams won the first-ever Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) regular-season and tournament championships in April. They finished the season 18-8 overall along with a perfect 10-0 mark in conference matches.
The USP men fell to top-ranked Concordia College, 5-0 on Friday, May 8 at Queens College. Concordia won all three doubles matches before wrapping things up with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins by Alex Grubin and Henning Ruenz at first and fifth singles, over Francisco Garcia and Chris Lukose. USP finished the season 11-8 overall and went 8-2 in conference play.
The Philadelphia women faced top seeded Concordia on Friday at Bentley College. The Clippers took an early 3-0 lead after sweeping doubles action, including a come-from-behind 8-6 win at #1 over the PhilaU sophomore team of Adriana Rodriguez and Daniela Rodriguez. In singles, #1 A. Rodriguez was downed 6-0, 6-0 by Concordia's Cristina Oliveira and sophomore Brittany Villa fell to Maria Ortiz 6-1, 6-2 to finalize the 5-0 shutout for Concordia.
The Lady Rams won the CACC Tournament Championship in the fall and finished the season 17-7 overall after going 7-0 in conference play.