PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's tennis team took part in second round action at the 14th annual William and Mary Invitational this Saturday. There were wins and losses across the board, leaving the Quakers with some positive things to bring away from tournament action.
In the Flight A singles bracket on Friday, junior Yulia Rivelis (San Francisco, Ca.) of Penn lost a hard-fought battle to #92 Mallory Voelker of Purdue, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3. In consolation quarterfinals action on Saturday, Rivelis redeemed her loss by beating Boston College's Dasha Cherkasov, 6-4, 6-1. But her redemption would come to an end in the semifinals, where she lost to Virginia Tech's Inga Beermann, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8.
In Flight B singles first round action, Penn junior Julia Koulbitskaya (Locust Valley, N.Y.) defeated Amanda Rales of Virginia, 6-4, 6-3. In Saturday's quarterfinal matchup, she lost to VCU's Olga Borisova, 6-3, 6-0.
In round one of the Flight C singles on Friday, Charlie Tansil of Penn defeated Hanes Harris of UNC, 6-3, 6-1. She was defeated on Saturday, however, as Neela Vaez from Purdue, beat her 7-5, 5-7, 6-0. In the consolation draw, however, Tansil got her second win of the tournament, as she beat host William & Mary's own Magdalena Bresson, 6-4, 6-4.
In Flight B doubles on Friday, junior Michelle Mitchell and Tansil beat Jessica Brouwer and Ashley James from Virginia Tech, 8-2. They lost in Saturday's quarterfinal action, to William & Mary's Bresson and Klaudyna Kasztelamiec, 8-2.
Rivelis and Koulbitskaya also lost in the doubles consolation quarterfinals, to Virgina Tech's J.J. Larson and Beermann, 8-6.
The tournament concludes on Sunday, with finals in all brackets.
William and Mary Invitational Bracket