California (Pa.) sweeps Slippery Rock
Vulcans clinch eighth consecutive PSAC West title
CALIFORNIA, Pa. -- No. 8 California (Pa.) captured an outright Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West title for the eighth consecutive season on Tuesday afternoon with a 9-0 victory against Slippery Rock on senior day at Roadman Park.
With the win, the Vulcans improve to 18-5 this season behind an eight-match winning streak. California finishes divisional play this year with a 5-0 mark and hasn't lost a match against a PSAC opponent since the 2005-06 season. Meanwhile, Slippery Rock finishes the regular season with a 14-4 overall record and a 3-2 mark in league action.
Cal U cruised to a sweep in doubles play, losing only six games in three matches. At the first position, senior Martina Rubesova and Franziska Steinhardt posted an 8-1 win against Slippery Rock's regionally-ranked tandem of Dunja Drmac and Sarah Lynch. Senior Annabel Pieschl and junior Jade Pondicas earned their team-leading 25th doubles victory of the season by dealing Lauren Coggins and Elisabeth Yetiskul an 8-2 defeat at the second slot. Freshman Ramona Czakon and senior Anastassiya Zherdeva closed doubles play with an 8-3 win at the third position against Slippery Rock's Samantha Bruggeman and Janelle Krantz.
In singles, the match featured the top-five ranked singles players in the Atlantic Region. At the first position, No. 12 Rubesova collected a 6-1, 6-0 victory against No. 34 Lynch to mark her seventh win of the season against a regionally-ranked opponent. Pieschl tallied her seventh consecutive win in singles play after earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory against regionally-ranked Drmac at the second slot. The reigning PSAC West Athlete of the Week, Pondicas earned a 6-1, 6-1, win at third singles against Yetiskul on Tuesday.
At the fourth slot, Zherdeva downed Krantz by a 6-1, 6-0 margin for her 19th win of the season. Steinhardt registered a 6-0, 6-2 victory at fifth singles against Coggins and Czakon posted a 6-1, 6-1 win against Bruggeman at the sixth position.