Cardinals Finish Fall Season with Classic


Cardinals Finish Fall Season with Classic
CUA will break until early March


WASHINGTON- The Catholic University men's tennis team concluded its fall season this Sunday with numerous successes at the Capital Fall Tennis Classic.  Over the past month, the squad has gone 1-1 and competed in two invitationals.  

CUA lost its first match of the season 7-2 to D-I Loyola University.  Micheal Schinella defeated Matt McDaniel 5-3 to get one of the Cardinals' wins.  Freshman Conor Donnelly was also a winner at number six singles defeating Chris Langley 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

The next weekend the Cards were at the Goucher Invitational where three players made it to the championship in their respective flight.  Rich Sheaffer was defeated in number two singles 6-1 in the final match before retiring.  At number three, Michael Reany also made it all the way to the championship before losing 6-0, 6-1.  Ian Pepek was the lone champ for CUA winning three matches in a row including the final one at number four singles 7-5, 6-1.

In doubles play at Goucher, Andrew Kracht and John Dillon made it to the championship but lost 8-4.  At number two, Donnelly and Sheaffer also advanced but fell to the Scranton squad 8-1.

The following week, CUA won its first dual match of the season in a 7-2 rout of Villa Julie.  Numbers one through three were victorious as Kracht won 6-4, 4-6, 10-4; Schinella won 6-0, 6-0; and Sheaffer defeated Mark Allinson 6-2, 6-4.  All three CUA teams won in doubles to give the Cards their points.

Finally the season wrapped up with the two-day Capital Fall Tennis Classic at Catholic University.  Number one singles went the CUA as Dillon and Kracht advanced to the championship which went unplayed.  Schinella won at number two 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Jon Pivor from Drew.  In the third flight Donnelly was the champ defeating Victor Kolarov 6-4, 6-4.  The fourth and final flight was once again two Cardinals and went unplayed.

The two CUA squads in the number one doubles both made it to the championship and the team of Donnelly and Sheaffer won number two 8-1 for the Cards.

The Cards will have the winter off before traveling to South Carolina in early March for the beginning of the spring season.