PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (October 23, 2016) -- The Goldey-Beacom College women's tennis team defeated Post University, 5-1, on Sunday in Philadelphia, Pa., to claim the 2016 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championship at Chestnut Hill College. It marked the first conference title in program history. G-B's tournament championship also came on the heels of the Lightning claiming the conference's regular season crown earlier this season.
Freshman Alma Garcia Valle won her match the No. 4 singles spot, which was the deciding point that set off a loud celebration from Goldey-Beacom and the large contingent of fans who traveled over to Philadelphia on Sunday to cheer their team on. Garcia Valle defeated Brianna Miah in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to seal the team title, as it also enabled the rookie to go 4-0 on the weekend, as she notched a singles win in Saturday's semifinal victory over the University of the Sciences, while also picking up a pair of 8-0 doubles wins.
G-B needed to win three singles matches after the Lightning took 2-of-3 matches in doubles play to take the early lead. The other Lightning student-athletes to pick up singles victories on Sunday were Nina Sengl (6-1, 6-0 over Sarah Namazi) at No. 5 and Silvia Hortelano Pey (6-0, 6-1 over Jessica Bergen) at No. 6.
Garcia Valle, Sengl, Silvia Hortelano Pey and her twin sister Anna Hortelano Pey were named to the CACC All-Tournament Team for their impressive play throughout the weekend. In addition to her all-tournament team honor, Sengl was named the most valuable player of the championship, as she too, was 4-0 during the weekend and only dropped one point over four sets of singles action.
Garcia Valle and S. Hortelano Pey were victorious at the No. 3 doubles spot and got the afternoon started for Goldey-Beacom with an 8-0 victory over Namazi and Bergen. It marked the second-straight day the G-B duo earned an 8-0 win in doubles play.
Francesca Beg and Sengl were locked in a terrific match against Liza Dubrovskaya and Miah in No. 1 doubles, but eventually subdued the Post duo in the tiebreak with a 9-8 win (7-4).
The Eagles' lone point on the day came from the No. 2 doubles team of Madison Young and Natasha Siku, as they defeated A. Hortelano Pey and Raquel Morais by a narrow count of 8-6. That match, too, proved to be exciting with both teams going back and forth on points.
Young and Dubrovskaya were also named to the CACC All-Tournament Team and were joined by the final member -- USciences' Karla Miletic.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Nyack College, Philadelphia University, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.