Women's Tennis Team Hosts Cissie Leary First Round Action

PHILADELPHIA - The tenth annual Cissie Leary tournament kicked off today, amidst sunny skies and cool fall weather. It was the perfect setting for first-round action, as 64 players took to Lott Courts to battle it out.

The hosting Quakers had a mixed first round of play. Ashley Lostritto of Penn lost to Yuri Kurashima of Temple, 6-0, 6-0. Felicia Curcuru lost to Tijana Koprivica of Minnesota, 6-0, 6-0. Amanda Avedissan lost to Michelle Spiess of UMass, 6-1, 6-4, while freshman Jackie Wong lost to Natalia Toporowska from Arizona, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. Freshman Charlie Tansill also lost in the first round of play, to Lindsay Risebrough, 7-5, 6-2.

But the Quakers who did win won big, and four members of the team will take part in quarterfinal action tomorrow. Lauren Sadaka won her first round match against Joanna Roth or Princeton, 6-1, 6-1. She continued on to the next round, where she faced off against Sasha Abraham from Penn State. It was a battle, but Sadaka pulled through, winning 6-4, 6-7 (7), 10-6. Alexis Plukas was another success story in Friday's play, as she beat Anna Varnay from Columbia, 6-0, 6-2, and continued on to defeat Caitlin O'Keefe from Ohio State, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 10-6. Junior Julia Koulbitskaya was also victorious, as she beat Jenny Shular from Penn State, 6-0, 6-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. And fellow junior Yulia Rivelis beat Penn State's Laura Holzberg, 6-1, 6-3 to advance.

In doubles action, the Quakers split down the field, as two teams won to advance, and two teams lost in the first round. Plukas and Sadaka lost to Abraham and Holzberg from Penn State, 9-7, while Curcuru and Lostritto lost to Chilarelli and Rogers from Minnesota, 8-1. Rivelis and Koulbitskaya continued their domination in the doubles bracket, as they beat Koprivica and Malmberg from Minnesota, 8-4. The freshman pairing of Wong and Tansill also did well, as they advanced through two rounds of play. In the first round, they faced off against Murray and Varnay from Columbia, and beat them 8-3. And in the second round, they fought a tough battle against Spiess and Pozer from UMass, pulling out a big 8-6 win.

Play begins tomorrow morning at 9 a.m., and the tournament concludes on Sunday with finals in all brackets.

Download: 2006 draw sheets.pdf