Women's Tennis Takes Part in Princeton Classic

PRINCETON, N.J.– Seven members of the Penn women’s tennis team traveled to Princeton this weekend to take part in the Princeton Tennis Classic. In two days of doubles and singles play, the Quakerstook on Columbia, Princeton and Virginia.

On Saturday, the team opened with a match against Columbia and dominated the Lions,winning four of the five singles matches. Freshman Maria Anisimova defeated Nina Suda, 6-4, 6-2, while junior Charlotte Tansill beat Lauran Shearer, 6-2, 6-3. Junior Michelle Mitchell suffered the only loss to the Lions, as she battled hard but fell to Marlena Hall, 3-6, 6-3, 13-11. Freshman Jackie Wong also had a tough match against Anna Varnay, but came up victorious, 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-5. Senior captain Ashley Lostritto won her match against Ally Cordell, 6-4, 6-4.

The Red and Blue faced a tougher foe in Virginia, and came out even, as each team won three of the six matches. UVA’s Jessica Preeg beat sophomore Lauren Sadaka, 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-8. Sophomore Alexis Plukas also fell to her Cavalier opponent, Lara Alexander, 7-6(6), 6-4. And Lostritto fell in the third of Penn’s losses, to Hampton Williams, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4. It was Penn’s three rookies that took home victories against Virginia --Anisimova beat Caroline Hammond, 6-2, 6-3; Tansill beat Amanda Rales, 6-1, 6-4; and Wong defeated Austin Hansen, 6-2, 6-4.

In doubles action, the Quakers took on host Princeton. Anisimova and Tansill teamed up to beat Darcy Robertson and Laura Trimble, 8-5. Lostritto and Mitchell fell to Tigers Kristen Scott and Kelly Stewart, 8-3. And in a mixed grouping, Plukas and Sadaka took on Princeton’s Sarah Huah, and Penn’s Wong, and lost, 8-6.

On Sunday, the Quakers took on the host Tigers, this time in singles action, and won four of the six matches. Huah beat Anisimova for her first loss of the weekend, 6-3, 7-6(4). And Princeton’s Scott beat Lostritto, 6-2, 6-0. Tansill battled back from a loss in the first set to beat Roberston, 6-7(5), 7-5, 10-8. Mitchell also had a fight on her hands with Laura Trimble, but came out on top, winning6-0, 6-7(6), 11-9. Plukas and Wong both had easier matches, as Plukas beat Stewart 6-0, 6-2, and Wong beat Virginia’s Lara Alexander, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles action, Penn swept all three ofits matches against Columbia and lost all three ofits matches against Virginia to break even. Against the Cavaliers, Tansill and Anisimova fell to Hammond and Alexander, 8-1, while Plukas and Wong lost to Rales and Preeg, 8-2, and Lostritto and Mitchell fell to Williams and Hansen, 8-5.

Against the Lions, Tansill and Anisimova beat Hall and Suda, 8-5, while Plukas and Wong beat Donovan and Shearer 8-1, and Lostritto and Mitchell defeated Cordell and Varnay, 8-6.

The Princeton Classic marks the end of Penn’s fall tennis season. Team play will resume in the spring of 2007.