Women's Tennis Wraps Up Play at Cissie Leary Invitational

Cissie Leary Invitational Results (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team concluded play on their home courts this weekend after hosting the 20th annual Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational. Two Quakers advanced to the quarterfinals in Flight A singles, while another marched to the semifinals in Flight B singles. In doubles, Penn notched an appearance in Flight A semifinals.

Senior Kana Daniel entered the weekend as the top seed in Flight A singles and soared through her first two rounds, dropping just three games total in two matches against Drexel and Cornell. Daniel encountered a roadblock in the quarterfinals however, matching up with Maryland's Katya Tour. After falling down 5-4 in the first set Daniel stormed back to take it, 7-5. In the second set, the senior found herself ahead 5-2 before Tour rallied to force a tiebreaker, which Daniel lost 8-6. Playing in a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a full third set, it was a back-and-forth affair which eventually saw Tour prove victorious, 13-11.

Playing in her first Cissie Leavy Invite, freshman Sarah Dreyfuss continued to add to her strong fall campaign, also advancing to the quarterfinals by defeating players from Princeton and Penn State. In the first round, Dreyfuss took down the Tigers' Alanna Wolff 6-3, 6-3 before following that up with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Devan McCluskey from PSU. Dreyfuss fell in her third match 6-2, 6-3 to Maryland's Katsiarina Yemelyaneka. 

In singles Flight B, Lina Qostal was slotted as the top seed and proved her worth, moving past her first two opponents from Delaware and Drexel by scores of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-0 respectively. In the quarterfinals, Qostal found herself in a battle with Maryland's Caroline Williams. Williams snatched the first set 7-5, before Qostal rebounded for a 6-3 win in the second. In a marathon 10-point tiebreak, the Penn junior took the win 11-9 to advance to the semis. Facing Natalia Perry from William & Mary, Qostal took the first set 6-3, but lost the final two frames 7-5, 6-4. Marta Kowalska also featured success in Flight B of singles, winning her first two matches over Temple and Cornell, 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4, 6-4 respectively. 

In doubles Flight A, Kowalska and Luba Vazhenina first defeated Princeton's Goodwin/Vives 7-5, before a much easier 6-0 win over Columbia's Pollak/Ren in the second round. The Penn duo fell to the eventual doubles champions in the semifinals, Cornell's Cusick/D'Ascenzo in a tiebreak 7-6(4). Qostal and Dreyfuss recorded a Flight B doubles semifinal appearance, notching wins over Drexel and Yale before bowing out to Maryland's Tour/Williams, the eventual flight champions. 

Full Penn Results
Flight A Singles
Kana Daniel (Penn) def. Lea Winkler (Drexel) 6-0, 6-0
Sarah Dreyfuss (Penn) def. Alanna Wolff (Princeton) 6-3, 6-3
Brooke Pilkington (Delaware) def. Luba Vazhenina (Penn) 6-3, 6-3
Ghita Benhadi (Drexel) def. Ashley Zhu (Penn) 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-7
Kana Daniel (Penn) def. Ali Pollak (Columbia) 6-1, 6-2
Sarah Dreyfuss (Penn) def. Devan McCluskey (Penn State) 6-0, 6-3
Star Makarome (Columbia) def. Luba Vazhenina (Penn) 6-4, 7-5
Ashley Zhu (Penn) def. Stephanie Elgegren (St. John's) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
Katya Tour (Maryland) def. Kana Daniel (Penn) 5-7, 7-6(6), 13-11
Katsiarina Yemelyaneka (Maryland) def. Sarah Dreyfuss (Penn) 6-2, 6-3
Katia Blik (Penn State) def. Ashley Zhu (Penn) 7-6(5), 6-4
Sivan Krems (Princeton) def. Luba Vazhenina (Penn) 6-3, 6-3
Flight B Singles
Lina Qostal (Penn) def. Sarah Hall (Delaware) 6-1, 6-3
Marta Kowalska (Penn) def. Mariana Bedon (Temple) 6-2, 6-2
Amanda Studnicki (Delaware) def. OJ Singh (Penn) 6-2, 6-3
Lina Qostal (Penn) def. Kendra Bunch (Drexel) 6-3, 6-0
Marta Kowalska (Penn) def. Priyanka Shah (Cornell) 6-4, 6-4
Sara Goodwin (Princeton) def. OJ Singh (Penn) 6-3, 4-6, 10-4
Lina Qostal (Penn) def. Caroline Williams (Maryland) 5-7, 6-3, 11-9
Sammi Smith (Penn State) def. Marta Kowalska (Penn) 6-2, 4-6, 10-5
Madison Stevens (Cornell) def. OJ Singh (Penn) 6-1, 6-4
Natalia Perry (William & Mary) def. Lina Qostal (Penn) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
Flight C Singles
Annie Jakulski (Delaware) def. Nicole Berkman (Penn) 6-4, 7-5
Ashby Bland (Columbia) def. Nicole Berkman (Penn) 6-1, 6-0
Nicole Berkman (Penn) def. Jennifer White (Drexel) 6-1, 6-0
Flight A Doubles
Vazhenina/Kowalska (Penn) def. Goodwin/Vives (Princeton) 7-5
Zuhse/Dunn (Penn State) def. Singh/Zhu (Penn) 6-1
Vazhenina/Kowalska (Penn) def. Pollak/Ren (Columbia) 6-0
Pilkington/Komer (Delaware) def. Singh/Zhu (Penn) 6-3
Cusick/D'Ascenzo (Cornell) def. Vazhenina/Kowalska (Penn) 7-6(4)
Flight B Doubles
Qostal/Dreyfuss (Penn) def. Providence/Winkler (Drexel) 6-4
Qostal/Dreyfuss (Penn) def. Lynch/Swett (Yale) 7-6(3)
Tour/Williams (Maryland) def. Qostal/Dreyfuss (Penn)

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