Team sets school record with 17 wins

The Catholic University men's tennis team has won a school-record 17 matches. The Cardinals (17-2) eclipsed the mark with their 16th win, a 5-2 victory against Goucher on April 10. CUA defeated Division I rival Loyola (Md.) 5-2 Tuesday and has won 13 in a row.

Junior Deke Polifka (Beaver Dam, Va./Patrick Henry High) has a record of 16-2 playing No. 1 singles. Steve Balshi (Gwynedd, Pa./La Salle) is 15-3 at No. 2 singles.

Coach Marty Dowd (Burtonsville, Md.) notched his 400th career victory in the Cards' 4-3 win over Salisbury State on March 12. It was CUA's first win over the Sea Gulls since 1988.

Dowd, completing his 39th year at his alma mater, sports a career record of 408-280-1 (.593). His teams are 44-9 (.830) over the past three seasons.

2000-01 Results (17-2)

Date Opponent Time

Oct. 1

at York (Pa.)

W, 7-0

Oct. 4


W, 7-0

Oct. 12

at Goucher

W, 5-2

Oct. 14

Villa Julie

W, 5-1

Oct. 14

Loyola (Div. I)

L, 4-2

Feb. 24

at Mary Washington

L, 7-0

March 4-10

Spring Break at Hilton Head, S.C.

March 5

Mount Union

W, 4-3

March 7

Lebanon Valley

W, 6-1

March 8

Holy Cross

W, 4-3

March 9


W, 4-3

March 12

Salisbury State

W, 4-3

March 17

at Randolph-Macon

W, 6-1

March 20


W, 7-0

March 23

at Gettysburg

W, 5-2

April 3

Villa Julile

W, 7-0

April 5

at Western Maryland

W, 5-3

April 7


W, 6-1

April 10


W, 5-2

April 17 Loyola (Div. I) W, 5-2

April 21-22

CAC Championships
at Fredericksburg, Va.

4th of 6

* CAC matches
All times p.m. unless noted
Home matches in bold

2001 Roster



Hometown/High School

Steve Balshi


Gwynedd, Pa./La Salle

P.J. Bautista


Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic

Michael Hedge


Prince George, Va./Ramskin American

Jonathan Halbach


Minneapolis, Minn./DeLaSalle

Christopher Flores


Colorado Springs, Colo.

Deke Polifka


Beaver Dam, Va./Patrick Henry

Patrick Rose


Doylestown, Pa./La Salle

Doug Rowe


Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull