Saturday, October 21, 2006
By Bob Heller
Amanda Bedway and Sarah Leonard each won their opening match at the CACC Individual Tournament Championship before losing in the quarterfinals at the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon.
USP's women's tennis team was also awarded the CACC Team Sportsmanship Award in balloting done by the league's seven coaches.
Bedway (Jr., Blue Mountain HS/Orwigsburg, Pa.) and Leonard (So., West Chester East HS/West Chester, Pa.) started the day by teaming up for the doubles competition. The Devils #1 doubles team opened the competition with tough match against Beka Elliott and Lori Pick of Philadelphia University, winning 9-8 (9-7). Bedway and Leonard then fell to the top doubles team in the tournament, Lauren Neill and Rupali Parekh of Holy Family University, 8-3. Parekh and Neill later advanced to the championship match.
Neill and Parekh also ended the Devils' day in singles competition. Bedway opened the singles competition with a 10-0 win over Stephanie Bain of Goldey Beacom College before Parekh ended her season with a 10-7 win in their quarterfinal match. Leonard started her singles competition with a 10-0 win over Bethany Everett of Post University before the fourth-seeded Neill handed her a 10-0 loss in her quarterfinal match.
Bedway finished the season with an 8-5 singles record while Leonard concluded her season with a 7-5 record in singles competition. In three seasons of competition, Bedway is 26-10 (72.2%) overall in singles play. Leonard is 14-13 (51.9%) overall for her career in two seasons of singles play. As a doubles team, Bedway and Leonard finished the season with a 9-4 record.