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Sunday, March 3, 2024
The Observer

Saints sweep Judson in men's and women's tennis

Both Holy Cross men's and women's tennis were in action this weekend. Both squads faced off against Judson in a strong weekend for the Saints. The men took down Judson 4-1, while the women swept away the Eagles, 4-0.

Freshman spark men's squad

The Saints got off to a tight start. Despite winning comfortably on court No. 1, the Saints dropped their doubles set on the third court. That brought it down to a competitive No. 2 doubles match. However, the freshmen duo of Karel Blom and Ciaran McCarthy came in clutch. They brought home a victory by a 7-5 decision to seal the doubles point for Holy Cross.

McCarthy and Blom both contributed in singles as well. McCarthy took down the No. 6 singles with ease, by a final score of 6-1, 6-2. Blom sealed the victory with a three-set victory, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. Between McCarthy and Blom's victories, their classmate Perry Gregg dominated at the top court. He dropped just four games in a 6-1, 6-3 victory. Holy Cross dropped just one match in the contest, losing at No. 2 singles. Blom's win ended the clash, leaving Courts No. 4 and 5 unfinished.

This match represented Holy Cross's conference opener, and they improved to 6-9. It's a solid opening win for them, as Judson entered 1-0 in CCAC play and fell to just 10-6 overall.

Women enjoy drama-free victory

While the men's team had some semblance of drama, with a few tight matches left unfinished and a hotly-contested doubles point, the women experienced a clean sweep of the Eagles.

Starting at doubles, the Saints started things off authoritatively. At the top court, sophomores Helga Lopez and Anna Beer didn't drop a game en route to a 6-0 victory. Courts two and three both ended at nearly the same time, with Holy Cross claiming a 6-4 victory on both courts. The sweep of the doubles gave the Saints an early 1-0 lead in the match.

Singles presented few issues for the Holy Cross women. Beer dominated her contest at No. 3 singles, winning 6-4, 6-0. She was one of four Saints' singles players to take a set without dropping a game. Junior Clara Ruediger added her name to the list with a 6-3, 6-0 list at the fifth court. The early wins boosted the Saints' lead to 3-0, putting them on the precipice of victory. Freshman Bente Burgerdijk notched the other victory. She won 6-4, 4-0 in a match in which her opponent retired early. At the time of the victory, Holy Cross led at court No. 6 and was headed to the third set at courts one and four.

Record-wise, it was another upset for the Saints. They improved to 5-12 and beat Judson (7-4).

Both the men and the women next compete at the Indiana Wesleyan University Tournament, starting on Thursday, March 31.