YORK, PA – The York College women's tennis squad saw their 2010 campaign come to a finish on Sunday afternoon as they fell to St. Mary's by a tight 5-4 score in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The defeat gives the Spartans a 7-9 mark for the spring campaign while the Seahawks improve to 10-9 and now move on to face Salisbury in the semifinals on Tuesday.
The Spartans’ four victories came by way of two doubles and two singles wins.
Beginning with doubles play, the duo of Katelyn Acker (Narvon, Pa./Pequea Valley) and Stephanie Nelson (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) combined to secure the first doubles triumph. In their only match together this season, Acker and Nelson bested St. Mary’s Michelle Compton and Chelsea Bradcovich in a close 9-7 match.
Samantha Hunt (Albany, N.Y./Albany) and Sarah Walsh (Nottingham, Pa./Oxford Area) added York’s second doubles point by winning the third slot. Joining as a pair for only the second time, Hunt and Walsh registered an 8-4 victory over Maria Rau and Shelby Mullennix to end the season with a 1-1 doubles mark.
In singles it would be Acker and Nelson that secured points for the Green and White. Acker defeated Compton in the #1 spot with a straight set 6-2, 6-3 result. Including York’s fall match against Messiah, Acker finishes her sophomore season with a solid 11-6 record.
Nelson’s victory came in the fourth singles slot against Rau. The Spartan junior nabbed her ninth victory with a 6-3, 6-2 result.
With the loss, the Green and White bid adieu to senior captain Paige Doutrich (Gap, Pa./Pequea Valley) who was a solid leader for the Spartan side. As one of only two upperclassmen this season, Doutrich provided the young Spartans with a veteran presence.
Despite Doutrich’s departure, the York squad welcomes back five of their six regular singles starters next season. Slated to be a more experienced yet still young team next year, as only Nelson is set to be a senior in 2011, the program looks toward a promising future.
Samantha Hunt photo courtesy of Scott Guise