Philadelphia - Top-seeded Ramona But of Maryland won her first Cissie Leary Invitational singles title Sunday. The University of Pennsylvania hosted theeight annual event over the weekend at both the Lotts Courts and the Levy Pavilion.
Butadvanced to the finals by defeating Yulia Rivelis of Penn, 6-0, 6-2. In the finals,But met up with Julia Koulbitskaya of Penn, who advanced by topping Raluca Ciochina, alsoof Penn, 6-3,7-5.But won the title match in two sets, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles action, the tandem of But and Marriane Baker defeated Courtney Bergman and Elisa O'Riain of Harvard 8-2 to capture the title.
This year's tournament featured three student-athletes who are ranked in the top100 of the 2004 ITA Preseason Individual rankings, includingBut who is the highest ranked player at No. 22. Bergman is ranked No. 27. Harvard's Susanna Lingman rounds out the singles rankings at No. 77. The tandem of Bergman and Lingman are ranked No. 10 in the nation in doubles, and But and Baker are ranked at No. 60.
The Quakers return to action on Oct. 7 at the ITA All-American Invite.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant