KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Southwestern University Pirates women's tennis player Mary Cardone earned a spot on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association DIII All-America team by defeating Sewanee's Catherine Owen to advance to round of 16 in the NCAA DIII Singles Championships.
Third time is the lucky charm for @marycardoneee. Make some room @esther_bowers for the newest member of the All-American Club. Mary is the 4th women's player in program history to earn this prestigious status #besouthwestern pic.twitter.com/ADh4vrA6zn— Southwestern Tennis (@SUPiratesTennis) May 24, 2019
Cardone, an All-SCAC First Team selection, showed her resiliency, rallying from a 4-1 deficit against the No. 4-ranked player in the Atlantic South region by taking four consecutive games to take a 5-4 lead.
The pair exchanged games with Owen forcing a tiebreak in the 12th game, evening the contest at six. Both players were tied at a 3-3 when Cardone pulling away to take the set 7-6.
Cardone took the second set 6-2 to eliminate Owen and earn her place on the All-America team on her third attempt, having lost in the first round in 2017 and 2018.
"Mary joined an exclusive club today, becoming the fourth All-American in the women's program history and all within the last two years," Head Coach Billy Porter said. "With her playing soccer in the fall, this is her only path to becoming an All-American. What makes it so much more special is that she's come up short in the Round of 32 the last two years, so for her to get it on her third attempt makes it that much better."
In her second match of the day, Cardone was eliminated from the NCAA Championships by John Carroll University's Lauren O'Malley, a three-time DIII All-American and top-ranked player in the Central region, by a score of 6-1, 6-0. Cardone finished her season with a 17-2 record in singles competition.