Men’s and Women’s Tennis Onto Landmark Semis

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The Drew University women’s tennis team clinched a home playoff match for the first time since 2016-17 with a 6-3 victory over Goucher College in a showdown between the top-two teams in the Landmark Conference on Saturday, April 23 at the Drew Tennis Courts. With the victory, the Rangers pushed their winning streak to seven and are one victory shy of going undefeated in Landmark Conference play for the first time since 2016-17.

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The Rangers, who handed the Gophers their first conference loss of the season, opened the match by capturing two of the three doubles points to take a 2-1 lead. Melina Christodoulou (‘24) and Mary Kalorin (‘25) earned an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles, improving to 6-1 in conference play, before Courtney Bresler (‘25) and Danielle DelRosso (‘23) captured an 8-4 decision at No. 3 to stay perfect at 6-0 in Landmark matches. In singles play, Kalorin (6-0, 6-0 at No. 2), Sanne Bloemendaal (‘23) (6-2, 6-1 at No. 3), and DelRosso (7-5, 6-3 at No. 5) all improved to 6-0 versus conference opponents while Kate Gangi (‘22) clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 6.

The Drew University women’s tennis team completed an undefeated Landmark Conference regular season with an 8-1 victory over Catholic University the very next day at the Drew Tennis Complex on Senior Day.

The Rangers (10-8, 7-0 LC) won their eighth match in a row while notching their first undefeated conference regular season since going 7-0 in 2016-17. Drew also posted a perfect Landmark record in 2009-10 and were unblemished twice in the Middle Atlantic Conference (2003-04, 1990-91).

The Rangers jumped to a 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles competition. Christodoulou and Kalorin teamed up for an 8-0 victory at No. 1 as the pair improved to 6-1 in Landmark action. Bloemendaal and Gangi won 8-4 at No. 2 while Bresler and DelRosso stayed undefeated (7-0) versus conference foes with an 8-0 win.

Drew went on to win at second through sixth singles, with all five players winning in straight sets. Four Rangers – Kalorin, Bloemendaal, DelRosso, and Gangi – finished undefeated in Landmark play for the season. 

Kalorin won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 while Bloemendaal posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 3. Taylor Dombalis (‘24) recorded a 6-4, 6-0 triumph at No. 4 while DelRosso was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 5. Gangi was a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 6.

Coming off an undefeated week, Kalorin was selected as the Landmark Conference Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week. Kalorin finished a combined 6-0 at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles, helping the Rangers record three victories while finishing the Landmark Conference regular season undefeated (7-0). She did not lose a game in her singles wins over Scranton and Goucher and posted straight-set victories in all three of her triumphs. She also teamed with Christodoulou at first doubles for 8-5 wins over Scranton and Goucher and an 8-0 victory over Catholic. For the season, Kalorin has posted a 10-9 record, including a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play at No. 2 singles. She has also gone 10-9 in doubles action and went 6-1 at the No. 1 spot with Christodoulou versus Landmark opponents.

The Rangers will now take eight days off from competition before hosting a Landmark Conference semifinal match on Tuesday, May 3 versus an opponent to be determined.

The Rangers (10-8, 7-0 LC) clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Championships. The Rangers will take eight days off from competition before hosting a semifinal next Tuesday, May 2 at a time to be determined.

The Drew University men’s tennis team capped an outstanding regular season with two more victories on Sunday, April 24 at the Drew Tennis Complex on Senior Day.

The Rangers, who have now won eight matches in a row, opened the day with a 7-2 Landmark Conference victory over Catholic University to finish undefeated (7-0) in conference play for the second year in a row. They also clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Championships. The team followed up with a 7-2 win over Rowan College of South Jersey to push its record to 17-3, the program’s highest victory total since the 2000-01 season.

With their win over Catholic, the Rangers extended their regular-season winning streak versus conference opponents to 16 and have now won 19 straight overall versus Landmark foes. The Rangers also stretched their home winning streak to 24. All three streaks date back to the 2018-19 season.

Versus the Cardinals, Drew started by winning two of three doubles matches. Leo Ambrogio (‘23) and Dan Blumenthal (‘22) won 8-0 at No. 2, bumping their conference record to 5-0, while Ben Dunlap (‘22) and Billy MacDonald (‘22) captured an 8-5 decision at No. 3.

In singles action, the Rangers won at every spot from 2 through 6. Santo Carroccia (‘24) earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 2 while Ambrogio rallied for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3. Both players improved to 6-0 in Landmark Conference play. Bret Schuler (‘22) posted a perfect 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 4, as did Jack Polvere (‘24) at No. 6. John Dickey (‘23) contributed a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 to run his conference record to 6-1.

Versus RCSJ, the Roadrunners opened with a 2-1 lead after capturing victories at Nos. 1-2 while the Rangers won by walkover at No. 3. Drew would go on to win all six singles points. Blumenthal captured a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 1 while Carroccia (6-1, 7-5) and Dickey (6-1, 6-4) won at Nos. 2-3. Brett Philip (‘22) rallied for an epic 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 14-12 win at No. 4. Drew won Nos. 5-6 by walkover.

The Rangers now take nine days off from competition before hosting a Landmark Conference Championship semifinal match on Wednesday, May 4, with the opponent and time still to be determined.

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