PHILADELPHIA - Day one of the 18th Annual Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational saw the University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team have success on the singles side of the draw, led by senior Sol Eskenazi and sophomore Kana Daniel.
As the No. 2 seed in Flight 'A', Eskenazi brought home two wins against players from Yale (6-3, 6-0) and Temple (6-3, 6-0). She will be playing in the top flight quarterfinals on Saturday.
Penn's Daniel found similar successin the Flight 'A'bracket, beating Richmond (6-2, 6-4) and closing out a close match against Yale’s Hamilton 5-7, 7-6, 10-8.
Also playing in Flight 'A', sophomore Sonya Latycheva won 6-1, 1-6, 14-12 in her first round match, before falling in a tough match against Harvard in the second round.
Senior Alexandra Ion,playing in Flight 'B',played a tough three-set matchagainst Dudas from Saint Johhn's,and was able tocome out victorious,winning 5-7, 6-4, 10-7.In her second match, Ion played another three-setter falling to Temple (6-0, 0-6, 6-10).
As the second seed in Flight 'B', sophomore Luba Vazhenina won her first match against Willis from Temple (6-2, 6-4) and will play against Harvard’s Amanda Lin on Saturday.
Also in Flight'B', freshmanLina Qostal, played two great matches against Temple (6-3, 5-7, 10-8) and Saint John’s (6-3, 6-4), making her way into her first collegiate quarterfinal match. She will play Jang-Milsten from Harvard in the morning.
Afterbattling through a first round defeat against Shklover from Yale, freshman Nicole Berkman played against Mirda from Harvard,coming up just short,7-5, 4-6, 7-10 in the Flight 'B' draw.
Contributed by: McKay Novak, W'18