April 13, 2001
W. Tennis Heads North
| April 13, 2001
The lady netters look to rebound from a disappointing weekend which saw them split in the opening round of their Ivy League campaign. The squad travels first to Brown tonight and then tomorrow heads to New Haven, Conn., to square off with the Bulldogs of Yale.
The team looks to avenge a squeaker at the hands of Harvard. Its first opportunity will come against a relatively weak Brown club.
The Bears come off a 7-0 pummeling at the hands of Pennsylvania which dropped them to 0-2 in conference play. Brown’s talent is concentrated in the youth of the team. The duo of sophomore Caroline Casey and freshman Priscilla Zeff at the No. 3 doubles was the sole winners.
Cornell has not been able to manifest its true potential as the squad has been troubled with injuries at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles position.
The Red has been propelled by a younger pair and a veteran senior in Ngozi Amobi. Sophomore Suzanne Wright has picked up where she left off last season and freshman Kate Sternberg has dazzled in her rookie campaign.
Tomorrow evening’s tilt with Yale could be the more difficult of the two. The Bulldogs have been untested in the Ancient Eight but have a strong team that combines experience and talented youth. The team is in the midst of an identity crisis after loosing stud and second-team All-Ivy Jacklyn Fu to graduation last year.
The senior class is a bit thin. Senior Cynthia Obsitnik has the potential to succeed Fu as the team’s leader but has been frustrated by injury. The sole other veteran, Lauren Muehl, is coming off a mediocre season which saw her post a 7-8 mark.
The team’s biggest strength lies in its freshman. The Bulldogs boast six immensely capable rookies. The most touted is Meagan Caldwell who was ranked as high as No. 15 in high school.
Archived article by Gary Schueller
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April 16, 2001
Going into this past weekend, the Cornell softball team knew that it would have to play its best ball to stay atop the Ivy League standings. While the team did not play flawlessly, it played well enough to split two doubleheaders against Ivy foes Dartmouth and Harvard. Friday’s doubleheader against Dartmouth featured a battle of two red-hot teams, both looking to remain unbeaten in the Ivy League. Riding a ten game winning streak into the affair, Cornell continued its dominance with an 11-3 thrashing in the first game. As has been the case all year long, freshman Kate Varde led the hit parade, belting three homeruns to extend her school record to twelve, and tying an NCAA record for most homers in a season by a freshman. The three round-trippers also tied a single game school record. In addition to Varde, fellow freshmen Erin Sweeney and Melissa Cannon also went yard and had two hits apiece. There was balance throughout the lineup, as nine players had at least one hit, knocking around Dartmouth starter Christina Quattrocchi. “We just hit the ball all over the field,” captain Charlotte Brombach noted. “Everyone produced.” While Quattrocchi, last year’s Ivy League Rookie Pitcher of the Year, struggled, this year’s leading candidate for the award, Cornell freshman Sarah Sterman was up to task. She won her team high 11th game of the season by allowing just three runs on seven hits in a complete game effort. As well as the Red swung the bat in the opener, however, it could not carry any momentum into the nightcap, losing a 1-0 pitcher’s duel. Once again, the Red badly out-hit the Green, but could not capitalize with runners in scoring position, stranding 14 runners on base. Dartmouth scored the lone run of the game in the third inning. Erica Morgenstein drew a walk to lead off the inning. Playing small-ball, Carrie Sekela moved Morgenstein over to second on a sacrifice. With the runner on second, Sarah Damon provided the clutch hit, driving in the run with an RBI single. The one run was more than enough for Dartmouth’s Lisa Caruso. Although she gave up seven hits, she never gave up the big hit, and had an uncanny ability to work out of the tough situations. The Red’s Nicole Zitarelli was the tough-luck loser. She pitched a complete game and surrendered just three hits while striking out ten. “[Lisa Caruso] had a lot of movement, and it was tough for us,” Brombach stated. “We still put the ball in play, but the inability to come through hurt us.” On Saturday, the Red traveled to Cambridge, Mass. to face the defending league champion, Harvard. To stay in contention for this year’s crown, Harvard desperately needed to salvage at least one win. The Crimson got off to a good start on the day with a 7-3 victory in game one. Harvard struck early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second off of Sterman. Cornell answered in the top half of the third with a solo homerun from the bat of Sweeney, cutting the deficit to 3-1. However, the defending champs immediately took control of the game by snatching back the momentum in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs. Cornell cut the margin to 6-3 in the sixth inning on runs-scoring hits by Brombach and Cannon, but would get no closer. Harvard pitcher Chelsea Thoke was the story of the game, allowing just one run in five innings of work. The 1999 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year also provided offensive clout for the Crimson, launching a two-run bomb in the three-run second inning. Sterman took the loss, giving up three earned runs in 3.1 innings. The generally steady defense did not do Sterman any favors by committing four errors. “Chelsea really handled us,” Brombach added. “She’s just a very good pitcher.” In the second game, Cornell looked to ace Zitarelli to be the stopper, and she delivered a 2-1 win. She kept the Crimson offense under wraps, allowing just one run on five hits in her second complete game outing of the weekend. “Before the game, Coach Blood talked about the magnitude of the game, so I knew it was an important game,” Zitarelli commented. “I was a little nervous heading in.” There were no signs of her trepidation on the mound, however, as she kept Harvard batters off balance for the entire day. “We wanted to stay away from their power so we stayed on the outside corner,” Zitarelli explained. “We got ahead of the batters and then didn’t give them much to hit.” Offensively, junior slugger Kristen Hricenak gave Zitarelli all the support she needed with a two-run blast in the top of the fourth. After a single by Cannon, Hricenak teed off on an offering from Harvard’s Tiffany Whitten to give the Red a 2-0 advantage. “Hricenak’s homerun really set the tone for the game,” Brombach added. In the bottom of the inning, Harvard picked up steam, scoring an unearned run. However, Zitarelli proved too tough on this day, shutting the door on any comeback hopes. She allowed just two hits in the final three innings, securing the victory. “After losing the first game, the team had great determination. I knew in my heart that we’d win that second game,” Brombach stated. Even after the two losses this past weekend, Cornell remains first in the standings with an 8-2 mark. Dartmouth is second at 6-2 and Harvard is third at 5-3. Cornell’s season hangs in the balance this coming weekend, when it finishes its Ivy campaign with doubleheaders at home against Penn and Princeton. If Cornell runs the table, it is promised at least a share of the Ivy title.Archived article by Alex Ip
April 16, 2001
The men’s netters could have packed it in for good this weekend after dropping a gut-wrenching match to Brown on Friday afternoon, but instead they rebounded with great resiliency in beating Yale the next day. The Brown Bears had a comeback 4-3 victory after falling behind by a score of 3-0. Cornell won two out of three doubles matches to squeak out the doubles point and draw first blood. No. 2 doubles pairing senior tri-captain Russ Gimelstob and junior Pat Hagan knocked off Chris Wolfe and Chris Drake, 8-5. No. 3 freshman Zach Gallin and sophomore Mike Mestel psyched up the team for an exciting win over Ben Brier and Kris Goddard by a score of 9-8 (5) in a tiebreaker. It seemed that the last doubles match would set the table for the men for the rest of the day. “We felt energized for the singles matches after Gallin and [Me]stel’s win,” remarked senior tri-captain Greg Artzt. The netters jumped out to a quick 3-0 start, and put themselves in the driver’s seat. But like dropping your ice cream cone on a hot summer day, the Red had a crueler fate ahead. Paying no mind to his team’s fate was no. 4 Gallin, as he erased Drake 6-2, 6-0, to open the singles matches. Classmate and no. 6 Julian Cheng followed suit in handing Goddard another loss, 6-4, 6-3. Brown’s no. 5 Brier pulled out a three-set victory over junior no. 5 Stefan Paulovic for the deciding point in the match, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Despite the fast start, the Red lost the last four singles matches. Artzt continued, “It is OK to be disappointed until you go to sleep, but then you have to forget about it and comeback ready to play.” On that note, the netters pounded the Elis, 5-2, for the first time since 1973. This improved the team record to 13-5 (2-3 Ivy). The Red won at the same no. 2 and no. 3 spots in the doubles matches with the same lineup, but this time it did not let up and kept pressing the Bulldogs. “We came in rejuvenated and got fired up after the doubles matches,” said Artzt. Three of the netters had three-set victories. After dropping the first set, no. 2 junior Chris Lewis scrambled back for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Scott Carlton. Paulovic pinched Chris Shackelton 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 at the no. 5 position. Lastly, Cheng continued his winning ways in abolishing Andrew Rosenfeld, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in the no. 6 position. Artzt commented that, “You learn from your losses and after Brown we had extra motivation to win our own matches.” Just as the doctor ordered, no. 3 Artzt had a straight sets victory, 6-3, 6-3, over Greg Royce. “Sometimes people feel like it’s their own fault if we lose a close team match,” concluded Artzt. The Red learned from its previous mistakes. It proceeded to take nothing for granted during the Yale match after winning the doubles contests and kept the engine at full throttle with aggressiveness. In a weekend of ups and downs, in most extraordinary fashion, senior tri-captain and no. 1 Mike Halperin dropped both of his singles and doubles matches — he hadn’t lost a single match the last two years of league play. Unfortunately, the netters will have to see how good they can play the role of the spoiler for the rest of the season as they are now out of contention for the Ivy League title. Nonetheless, this is one of the better seasons that they have had in a while. A couple of wins over Penn and Princeton this upcoming weekend will ensure a greater than .500 mark.Archived article by Donald Lee