PHILADELPHIA CAPTURES TOP SEED FOR CACC WOMEN'S TENNIS TOURNAMENT
October 12, 2008
NEW HAVEN, CT - The Philadelphia University Lady Rams have captured the top seed for the upcoming Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Tennis Tournament, which will take place on Tuesday and Thursday, October 14 and 16. The championship match is set for Thursday at Chestnut Hill College at 3:00 pm. The winner will receive the CACC's automatic berth into the 2009 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Regional Tournament.
Philadelphia will host No. 4 Georgian Court University on Tuesday at 3:00 pm, while No. 2 Holy Family University will welcome No. 3 Goldey-Beacom College at the same time. The winners will convene at Chestnut Hill to battle for the championship.
Philadelphia and Georgian Court met in the final regular-season match of the season on Sunday, Oct. 12, with the Lady Rams earning a 9-0 triumph. Holy Family defeated Goldey-Beacom, 7-2, on Sept. 18 inWilmington.
Philadelphia finished the regular-season with a perfect 7-0 record along with a 12-2 overall mark. The Lady Rams upended Holy Family en route to the regular-season championship, becoming the first CACC team to defeat the Tigers since USP in the opening round of the 2005 conference tournament.
Philadelphia is led by the sophomore duo of Adriana and Daniela Rodriguez at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. They also form the at No. 1 doubles. Both went 13-1 this season in singles play in dual matches. Also making an immediate impact has been freshman Christina Brzozowski, who has handled No. 3 singles for the Lady Rams.
Holy Family has won the last two CACC Championships and went 6-1 in conference play this season and 9-3 overall. The Tigers defeated Philadelphia in last year's championship, 5-0. The squad welcomes back five players from last year's team, including seniors Shakir Willett, Quena Borres and Liana Lui. Also back is junior Melanie Pulsinelli and sophomore Ashley Berge.
Goldey-Beacom is making its first appearance in the CACC Tournament after going 5-2 in conference play and 11-2 overall. The Lightning will be led by No. 1 singles player, sophomore Luisiana Souto, who went undefeated in No. 1 singles (7-0) and 6-1 at No. 1 doubles in CACC play this season. She is 12-1 overall in singles action. Sophomore Luciana Pereira went 6-1 at both No. 2 singles and No.1 doubles while teaming with Souto.
Georgian Court clinched the fourth and final spot in the tournament by virtue of going 4-3 in conference play and 5-11 overall. This is Georgian Court's fourth straight tournament appearance. The Lions have qualified for the tournament each season since the event's inception in 2005.