Gophers Topple Fourth-Seeded Cardinals

Gophers Topple Fourth-Seeded Cardinals

Ortiz Earns Another Win Over Kracht at First Singles

April 18, 2007 

WASHINGTON, DC — Goucher pulled off the only upset in the opening round of the 2007 Capital Athletic Conference championship tournament, pinning a 6-3 setback on fourth-seeded Catholic today.

Form held in the other three first-round matches, meaning the Gophers will next face top-seeded Mary Washington in the semifinals on Thursday.

Today's victory avenged an 8-1 loss to the Cardinals back on March 31 in which Andrew Ortiz (Silver Spring, MD/Gonzaga) picked up Goucher's only point with a 6-4, 7-6 (8) win over Andrew Kracht at first singles. The same two players met at No. 1 today and once again Ortiz came out on top, this time 6-2, 7-5.

The Gophers (5-8) also got wins in singles play from Michael Brooks (Old Westbury, NY/Solomon Schechter) at No. 3, Chris Covey (Exeter, NH/Exeter) at No. 4 and Mike Simon (Palo Alto, CA/Palo Alto) at No. 6. Brooks defeated Ian Pepek 7-5, 7-5, Covey toppled Nikolai Wajda 6-4, 6-2, and Simon downed Luigi Alvarado 6-2, 6-1.

Goucher enjoyed a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals (10-8) at the conclusion of doubles play. Ortiz and Wynn Thane (Chambersburg, PA/Mercersburg Academy) fell to John Dillon and Kracht, 8-6, at No. 1, but Covey and Brooks defeated Adam Leonard and Wajda, 8-6, at No. 2, and Simon and Doug Mangi (Hamden, CT/Hamden Hall) finished off Joseph Dumas and Alvarado, 8-5, at No. 3.