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One for the record books: women's tennis earns 11th win with 8-1 victory over Catholic

(Posted April 13, 2009)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College women's tennis team made some history with its 8-1 win over Landmark Conference-rival Catholic University, Monday afternoon on the Raffensperger Tennis Courts.

The win improved Juniata's overall record this season to 11-4, setting a new program record for dual wins in a single season. The 2008-09 squad's 11 wins eclipses the previous mark set by the 1988 team's 10-3 record.

"It's just another day at the office," said Juniata head coach Beth Bleil. "If we go on to win our conference championship at the end of the season, then I'll look back on it as a great moment. But until then, if we think about what we're doing and how great it is, I think we lose our focus and we'll take things for granted - and you can be the best team on paper, but you still have to win the games, the sets, and the matches."

The Eagles took two out of three doubles matches, led by Maggie Wolenter (Audubon, N.J./Audubon) and Jenny Wang (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area) with an 8-3 win over Catholic's Mary Wargo and Sarah Luffy at no. 2 doubles. Lauren Perow (Huntingdon, Pa./Huntingdon Area) and Katie Steinour (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg) provided a second doubles point with an 8-3 win at no. 3 over Allison Tontz and Seda Ambartsumian.

In singles play, Amanda Fontana (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and Katie Healy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) posted straight set wins at no. 1 and no. 2 singles respectively, with Fontana taking a 6-2, 7-5 win over Rachel Tenuta, and Healy winning her 10th straight match with a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Caitlin Dunn.

Wolenter required a tiebreaker set before posting a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at no. 3 singles over Wargo, posting her seventh consecutive singles win. Wang, Perow, and Steinour won the fourth through sixth flight singles matches, all by straight sets.

"I'm optimistic about the path that we're on," said Bleil, "but it's all in the hands of our players continuing to perform in the manner they have all season."

Juniata returns to action on Tuesday, April 14, when it travels to Selinsgrove, Pa., to face Susquehanna University.

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