|Saturday, October 19||Sunday, October 20|
|#1 Chestnut Hill||5|
|#4 Philadelphia||0||#1 Chestnut Hill||4|
|#2 Concordia||5||#2 Concordia||5||Champion||
Philadelphia, Pa. – For the fifth consecutive season the Concordia Clippers women's tennis team captured the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship title after a 5-4 victory over Chestnut Hill on Sunday afternoon. Concordia, the second seed, would battle their way from behind in the match to defeat the Griffins, the top seed, in the championship match.
The Clippers would jump out to a 1-0 lead as freshmen Stefanie Canals-Baker (Pollensa, Islas Baleares, Spain) and Costanza Mecchi (Rome, Italy) began the afternoon with an 8-4 victory over Charlotte Dawson and Marie Deleval in the No. 1 doubles match. The Griffins would respond with an 8-4 victory in the No. 3 match as the duo of Morgan Oechsle and Hayley Craskey defeated freshman Valeriia Cheban (Odessa, Ukraine) and sophomore Nicole Stuhr (Glendora, Calif.). Chestnut Hill would close out doubles play as Kelly Dennis and Iman Williams-Mulesa would edge out junior's Alla Kravchuk (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Linda Eliasson (Gothenburg, Sweden), 8-5, to take a 2-1 match lead into singles play.
Eliasson would kick off singles play with a 6-0, 6-2 victory in her No. 2 match against Williams-Mulesa to tie the score at 2-2. The Griffins would respond with a win in the No. 6 match as Owens took a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Stuhr. Shortly thereafter, Mecchi's 6-0, 6-1 win over Dawson in her No. 1 match wold knot the score at 3-3 with only three matches remaining.
Concordia would grab the next match victory as Canals-Baker would defeat Deleval 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 3 match to get the Clippers within one match of the title. Chestnut Hill's Oechsle would battle her way to a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 5 match against Cheban to keep their hopes alive.
Just like yesterday's semi-finals match, the outcome of the match for Concordia would come down to the last singles match to conclude. Today it would be Kravchuk's day to shine as she would battle back after dropping the first set 6-4 against Dennis to go on and take the last two sets 6-3, 6-2 and clinch the championship title for the Clippers.
Following the match Concordia's Eliasson and Kravchuk were named to the CACC All-Tournament team while Mecchi was named the tournament's MVP.
With a NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship automatic bid secured, the Clippers will wait until the spring to compete for a chance at a national title.
2013 CACC All-Tournament Team
Maria Angeles Victoria Martinez, Goldey-Beacom
Axe Owens, Chestnut Hill
Morgan Oechsle, Chestnut Hill
Kelly Dennis, Chestnut Hill
Alla Kravchuk, Concordia
Linda Eliasson, Concordia
Constanza Mecchi, Concordia (MVP)
Philadelphia, Pa. – Chestnut Hill College advanced with a 5-0 victory over Philadelphia University to the championship match of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Tennis Tournament. The Griffins will take on Concordia College who endured a championship record five-hour and 17-minute semifinal marathon with Goldey-Beacom College to advance 5-4.
Chestnut Hill 5, Philadelphia U. 0
Chestnut Hill College defeated Philadelphia University in the semifinals of the 2013 CACC Women's Tennis Tournament Championship. The Griffin #2 doubles team of senior Kelly Dennis (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Iman Williams-Mulesa (Pickering, Ontario) defeated the pair of junior Olivia Amato (Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Naia Benjoa (Caracas, Venezuela), 8-2 to post the first point of the day. A few minutes later, the number three doubles tandem of junior Morgan Oechsle (Coopersburg, Pa.) and sophomore Hayley Craskey (Aston, Pa.) surrendered only one game on the way to their win over junior Sylvia Bennicelli (Lansdale, Pa.) and freshman Anna Slomowitz (Glen Mills, Pa.). The final doubles point was earned by CHC's junior Charlotte Dawson (Odessa, Tex.) and freshman Marie Deleval (Grimaud, France) who outlasted freshman Emily Chung (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and senior Isabela Espinosa (Quito, Ecuador), 8-6.
In the first-to-five match, the Griffins secured the win over the Rams with a 6-0, 6-1 win at number five singles powered by Morgan Oechsle who defeated junior Magill Kurts (Burlington, N.J.) at #5 singles. The match was secured by Kelly Dennis who defeated Olivia Amato 6-1, 6-1.
The Griffins improved to 13-1 while the Rams fell to 11-5.
Concordia 5, Goldey-Beacom 4
The Lightning continued to control the match with a 6-0, 6-0 Anastasia Melnikova (junior, Vladivostok, Russia) victory over Nichole Stuhr at #6 singles and a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win by Maria Martinez over Stefanie Canals-Baker at #3 singles. The fourth point by GBC would be the last it would gain on the afternoon.
The newly minted CACC Player and Rookie of the Year Costanza Mecchi defeated the 2011 and 2012 CACC Player of the Year, Stephanie Puentes Robinson in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. The Clipper comeback would continue with a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in #4 singles for Alla Kravchuk who defeated Flipa Correia. A come-from-behind effort from Alla Kravchuk over Flipa Correia (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) at #5 singles evened the match at 4-4.
The #2 singles match would eventually eclipse the four-hour mark after the contest was moved from the Chestnut Hill courts to Fossler's Cheltenham Tennis Center in Cheltenham, Pa. due to darkness and precipitation in the area. The battle between Concordia's Linda Eliasson and Goldey-Beacom's Rocio Cabanillas Moreno would be halted at 6-3, 3-6, 2-4, in the Lightning's favor. Eliasson would utilize the change in venue to claim the next four-consecutive games to close out the match for the Clippers, 5-4 in the longest match in CACC Women's Tennis Tournament history (5 hours, 17 minutes).
The Clippers improve to 8-1 on the season and Goldey-Beacom falls to 7-3.
The CACC Championship match is now set for Saturday, October 20 at 12 Noon at the Chestnut Hill courts between the #1 seed Chestnut Hill and #2 Concordia. Catch all of the action on the CACC website at www.caccathletics.org.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The field is now set for the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC Women's Tennis Championship this weekend, October 19-20. Chestnut Hill College will serve as the host and #1 seed after claiming the 2013 CACC Women's Tennis Regular Season Championship. The Griffins will battle #4 seed Philadelphia University. #2 Concordia College, the four-time defending tournament champions, will face off against the #3 seed, Goldey-Beacom College.
Chestnut Hill is powered by junior Charlotte Dawson (Odessa, Tex.) who finished the regular season with a conference record of 7-1 at #1 singles. Freshman Marie Deleval (Grimaud, France) dominated the CACC with an unblemished 8-0 mark at #3 singles for the Griffins. The doubles teams of senior Kelly Dennis (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Iman Williams-Mulesa (Pickering, Ontario) and sophomore Hayley Craskey (Ashton, Pa.) and junior Morgan Oechsle (Coopersburg, Pa.) posted perfect records in conference play at #2 and #3 doubles respectively. The #1 doubles tandem of Dawson and Deleval finished the regular circuit at 7-1.
Concordia returns to the CACC playoffs as the #2 seed in 2013 led by freshman Constanza Mecchi (Rome, Italy) who enters the post-season with an 8-0 mark at #1 singles. In fact, Mecchi has not dropped a set all year and has surrendered only 14 games in eight matches, including two in her last three matches. Mecchi partnered with fellow freshman Stefanie Canals-Baker (Pollensa, Islas Baleares, Spain) to maintain a perfect mark at #1 doubles. The closest match that Canals-Baker and Mecchi played this season was against Chestnut Hill's tandem of Dawson/Deleval on September 17 in which the Clipper team won 9-8 (13-11). Also undefeated in conference play in 2013 was junior Linda Eliasson (Gothenburg, Sweden) at #2 singles.
The third-seeded Lightning of Goldey-Beacom will once again be led by two-time defending CACC Player of the Year, junior, Stephanie Puentes Robinson (Bogota, Columbia) who ended the regular season with a 6-3 mark at #1 singles. Junior Anastasia Melnikova (Vladlvostok, Russia) posted a combined 8-0 mark in CACC play at the #5 and #6 singles positions, while freshman Nina Sengl (Puchhelm, Germany) added seven wins with no losses in conference play mostly at the #5 position (6-0).
Philadelphia University's road to the conference playoffs took a slightly different turn this week. Due to weather postponements throughout the season, the Rams were forced to finish their match on Sunday with Caldwell College and a few hours later, played Post University. Philadelphia U. then outlasted Holy Family on Tuesday, October 15, 6-3 to break the tie with the Tigers and advance to the conference tournament. The Rams enter the tournament winning eight of their last 10 matches.