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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
The Observer

Holy Cross tennis dominates CCAC foes, golf competes at Sagamore

Holy Cross tennis

The No. 16 Holy Cross College men’s tennis team continued its dominant performance in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play when the team took on Roosevelt University on Monday.

The Saints began what would be a lopsided affair by defeating Roosevelt in two doubles matches. Sophomore Perry Gregg and junior Will Page defeated the top Roosevelt team by a score of 6-2. Senior Martin Fajardo and junior Nolan Santacroce had a good outing as well, winning 6-3. The third doubles match also went to the Saints on a forfeit.

Having taken the doubles points, the Saints then moved to singles play, where the team continued dismantling the Lakers.

Gregg took down Justin Magale in straight sets of 6-0 and 6-1. Page won his first set 6-2 but did not finish the second (though he did have a 3-2 lead).

In the third singles match, senior Ryan Lee won his first set by a score of 6-4 and had a 1-0 lead in the second set, which was not finished.

Junior Laurenz Flender dominated the fourth singles match, winning 6-0 and 6-1, while Fajardo played in the fifth singles match, winning 6-0 and 4-1 (unfinished).

Holy Cross won the sixth singles match via forfeit.

With a final score of 4-0, the Saints improved to 7-2 on the year, with a conference record of 2-0. The Saints are tied for first place in the CCAC with Cardinal Stritch.

The Lakers, meanwhile, fell to 0-6, with an 0-2 conference record.

The No. 18 Holy Cross women’s tennis team also defeated Roosevelt, though the team did so via a forfeit. The forfeited match improves the Saints to 2-0 in the CCAC and put them above .500 overall at 7-6.

Both teams won their matches against Olivet Nazarene on Tuesday afternoon. The men’s team won 5-0 and the women’s team won 4-0. Both improved to 3-0 in CCAC play.

Holy Cross golf

The Holy Cross men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the Sagamore Shootout in Noblesville, Indiana, on Monday.

The men’s team shot a collective 321 in the first round, putting them in sixth place, three strokes behind Marian University’s B Team, who shot 318. The top three squads were Taylor University (290), Indiana Wesleyan (303) and Indiana University Kokomo (309).

Freshman Matthew Politte shot a 73 (one over par), which tied him for fourth. Senior Carter Silva was close behind in eighth with a 75. Sophomore Gianni Petrillo was next, in a tie for 35th at 85.

Senior Collin Todora was three strokes back from Petrillo at 88 (+16). Tied for 43rd at 90 strokes was sophomore Dillan Mori.

The day’s second round saw the Saints improve as a team, but some players struggled individually. Politte shot a 76 and dropped into a tie for fifth. Silva also shot a 76, which bumped him down two spots into a tie for 10th.

Todora was the only Saint to move up in the standings, shaving nine strokes off his first-round total and moving up three spots into 36th. Mori improved by four strokes and finished in 43rd.

Gianni Petrillo added eight strokes, going from 85 to 93, and fell nine spots, down to 44th.

All in all, the Saints totaled 317, bettering their first-round score by four. This effort lifted them to fifth place, passing Marian University’s B team, who finished the second round with 321.

The women’s team finished in seventh place at the event with a final score of 796. They were led by junior Annika Johnson, who shot 166 and earned 17th place.

The Saints will rest a few days before they gear up for the Battle at Blackthorn on April 14 and 15.