WILLIAMSBURG Penn women’s tennis started its fall season on Friday at the 15th Annual William and Mary Tennis Invitational in Williamsburg, Va. Four Quakers made the trip and began competition Friday morning.
In Flight A, Ekaterina Kosminskaya started her day by defeating Lana Krasnopolsky of Boston College 6-3, 6-0. With the win, Kosminskaya moved on to face Charleen Haarhoff from Old Dominion. Haarhoff advanced by upsetting the number three seed, Katarina Zoricic from William and Mary. Kosminskaya ended Haarhoff’s hopes of a run to the finals with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 win. Kosminskaya now moves on to Saturday’s semi-finals where she will meet up with the second seed, Aurelija Miseviciute from Arkansas at 2:45 p.m.
Flight B action began with a Quaker as the number one seed. Yulia Rivelis earned the top spot and played like she belonged there. In her first match against Ashlee Vosters of Richmond, Rivelis won a challenging match, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Awaiting Rivelis in the second round was Tory Zawacki of Duke. The Blue Devil proved to be a difficult opponent, winning the first set. Rivelis regained her composure and rallied back, winning the next two sets to claim a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Next up for Rivelis is Klaudyna Kasztelaniec from William and Mary. The match begins Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Julia Koulbitskaya also began play in Flight B. She upset the number three seed Karolina Soor of Marshall. Despite dropping the first set, Koulbitskaya was not to be deterred. She came back to win the match 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3. The match may have taken too much out of Koulbitskaya, however, as she fell in straight sets to Arkansas’ Mayori Franco, 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. Koulbistkaya will be back on the court on Saturday when she meets Zawacki in consolation play.
Maria Anisimova was defeated in her first round match in Flight C. She went the full three sets against Richmond’s Kelly Tidwell before ultimately falling, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. In her next match, Anisimova beat Alina Sullivan from Boston College, 6-2, 6-2. She competes again on Saturday against Jessi Robinson of Duke at 2:45 p.m.
Singles action was not the only order of the day for the ladies. All four Quakers competed as well in doubles play. The team of Kosminskaya and Koulbitskaya entered Flight A play seeded fourth and lived up to their seeding when they defeated the team of Robinson and Granson from Duke, 8-6. They will resume play on Saturday when they play Acharya and Zoricic from William and Mary. The match begins at 9:15 a.m.
Also in doubles action Friday were Rivelis and Anisimova. They met Attwell and Mabatah from Boston College in the first round, defeating them 9-7. The twosome moves on to meet Cohen and Costa from Old Dominion in Saturday’s second round also at 9:15 a.m.
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