PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team is set to host the 20th annual Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational with play starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 30 and continuing through Sunday, October 2 at the Hecht and Hamlin Tennis Centers.
Schedule and Format
Singles Flight A - 32 player draw
Singles Flight B - 32 player draw
Singles Flight C- 16 player draw
Doubles Flight A - 16 draw
Doubles Flight B - 32 draw
Each player is guaranteed to play a minimum of three singles and two doubles matches. There will be a back draw for each draw, in addition to a 'second' back draw for singles players who lose in the second round. Play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. throughout the invitational.
The Quakers will be welcoming familiar Ivy League foes in Columbia, Cornell, Princeton and Yale in addition to Delaware, Drexel, Maryland, Penn State, Princeton, St. John's, Temple, and William & Mary.
About the Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational
First contested in 1997, the Cissie Leary Invitational honors the memory and legacy of Cissie Leary, head women's tennis coach at Penn from 1977-1996. She had 16 winning seasons at the helm of the Red and blue, compiling a career record of 229-119. In 1995, her team was 16-7 overall, and 6-1 in the Ivy League to earn a trip to the NCAA East Regional. Leary passed away in November of 1996 following a long battle with scleroderma, and this tournament has been held every year since in her honor.
Last Year at the Cissie Leary
The Quakers had a breakout performance at last year's invitational as Ria Vaidya captured the singles title, defeating Princeton's Katrina Steffensen in straight-set fashion 7-5, 6-4.
It was an all Penn final in the singles flight B bracket as Marta Kowalska defeated teammate Lina Qostal 6-2, 6-3.
The Red and Blue featured success on the doubles court as well, as Sonya Latycheva and Kana Daniel advanced to the finals before falling to Natallia Vavulina and Zofia Stanisz of St. John's in a tight 7-5 match.