|Lindsay Ward||Cristina Marzello|
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Scranton women’s tennis team could not carry the momentum from its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament victory into Saturday’s second round, falling to seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins, 5-0, at Carnegie Mellon University.
Playing just 24 hours after defeating LaRoche College, 5-0, for the program’s first NCAA win in its 38 year history, the Royals (10-8) ran into a talented Johns Hopkins squad that has now won 15 straight matches and is No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NCAA Division III Top 25 poll.
The Blue Jays (19-2) swept all three doubles matches, losing just one game in each. They then rolled to wins at first and third singles to complete the match and move into Sunday’s third round against either Carnegie Mellon or Mary Washington, which were playing a second-round match immediately after.
Scranton’s season comes to an end after making the program’s second straight and second overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Royals have captured back-to-back Landmark Conference championships.
The defeat also brought an end to the career of seniors Lindsay Ward (Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and Cristina Marzello (Bethpage, N.Y./Plainhedge). Ward went 11-7 in doubles play this season, including a victory in Friday’s win over LaRoche, and 2-7 in singles. She finishes with career marks of 4-9 in singles and 16-21 in doubles.
Marzello went 0-2 in singles this season and did not appear in a doubles match. She finishes with career records of 1-3 in singles and 2-0 in doubles.