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Tennis Spotlight:
Devils Clinch Playoff Spot with a Pair of Conference Wins

Monday, October 9, 2006

By Bob Heller
USIP Sports Information Director

The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia women's tennis team secured a playoff berth in the upcoming Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championships with a pair of wins over conference opponents Sunday and this afternoon.

On Sunday, the Devils defeated Caldwell College, 7-2. USP followed that win with a 9-0 shutout of Post University to finish the conference play with a 3-3 record, clinching the fourth and final playoff spot in the championships which will be held this weekend. Overall, the Devils improve to 4-6.

The Devils entered Sunday's match needing a win to clinch at least a tie for the final playoff. USP did just that, sweeping the doubles matches against Caldwell College and taking four of the six singles matches for the 7-2 win.

All three doubles matches were close contests. Amanda Bedway (Jr., Blue Mountain HS/Orwigsburg, Pa.) and Sarah Leonard (So., West Chester East HS/West Chester, Pa.) defeated Oksana Manoukian and Brittani Frantellizzi 9-7 to win at number one doubles. At number two doubles, Christina Sebastiani (So., Paulsboro HS/Sewell, N.J.) and Tara Torrone (Sr., Red Bank Catholic/Lincroft, N.J.) defeated Joellen Keaney and Jacky Ross with an identical score of 9-7. Danielle Perfetti (Fr., Cardinal O'Hara HS/Clifton Heights, Pa.) and Anna Garber (Sr., Colonia HS/Colonia, N.J.) rounded out the sweep with an 8-5 win over Danielle O'Connell and Laura Sinisgallo at number three doubles.

Moving on to singles competition, the Devils recorded wins at number two, three, five and six singles while the Cougars took matches at number one and four singles. Leonard needed three sets to defeat Emilie Skidmore, 6-4, 1-6, 6-0 at number two flight while Sebastiani defeated Keaney 6-2, 6-4 at number three flight. Gabrielle Exler (So., Timber Creek HS/Sicklerville, N.J.) recorded a 6-4, 6-0 win over Patty Messick at number five flight and Perfetti was a three set winner, 6-4, 6-7 (10-8), 6-4 over O'Connell at number six flight.

The Devils concluded their northern road trip with a 9-0 win at Post University. The Devils swept all three doubles matches by identical scores of 8-0, before sweeping all six singles matches in two sets.

Bedway and Leonard defeated Kim Haig and Bethany Everett at number one doubles while Sebastiani and Torrone defeated Jessica Sevcik and Bethany Everett at number two doubles. Perfetti and Garber completed the doubles sweep, defeating Krystle Shuska and Caitlin McKeon-Nicholls.

In singles competition, Bedway defeated Haig, 6-0, 6-1 at number one singles. At number two singles, Leonard defeated Martinez 6-0, 6-0. Sebastiani defeated Everett at number three singles, 6-0, 6-0 while Torrone defeated Sevcik at number four singles by an identical 6-0, 6-0 score. Exler and Perfetti also won their singles matches by the same 6-0, 6-0 score, with Exler defeating McKeon-Nicholls at number five singles and Perfetti defeating Shuska at number six singles.

As a tune-up for the upcoming CACC Championships this weekend, the Devils will take on LaSalle University on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 at LaSalle starting at 4:00 p.m. USP will then participate in the CACC Championships.

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