February 2, 2001

W. Tennis Hosts Invite

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After demolishing both Colgate and St. Bonaventure 7-0, last weekend, the Cornell’s women’s tennis team plays host to a plethora of quality east coast teams. In the annual Cornell Winter Indoor Classic, the Red will face women’s tennis teams from Columbia, American University, Army, Seton Hall, Syracuse and Temple at Reis Center on this Saturday and Sunday in one of the largest tournaments it competes in during the year.

The women will be competing individually, as each school sends two of its players into one of four flights in the singles competition. There will also be two flights for the doubles competition.

Sophomores Suzanne Wright and Daniela DelPrete will represent the Red in the first flight as the duo are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 on the team. Wright went 6-1 last year in Ivy competition.

The women are not overconfident, even after the crushing defeats they sent to the Red Raiders and Bonnies a week ago.

“Even though it looked like we demolished [St. Lawrence and Colgate], each match was pretty close,” DelPrete commented.

“Our coach wanted us to get in some good matches [early in the Spring season],” she added.

DelPrete will also join her twin sister Alex to comprise the Red’s No. 1 doubles team in the tournament.

The Indoor Classic gives the opportunistic Red time to familiarize itself with its later competition. Of the six universities attending the affair, Cornell will have to face four of them later on. Only American and Temple will not see the Red again this year. Seton Hall, on the other hand, appears on the schedule two more times.

“We know the other teams well,” DelPrete admitted. Still she acknowledged that the Cornell team will be looking at the visiting teams with the future in mind. “We will definitely be looking for strengths and weaknesses and differences from last year [in the competition].”

Archived article by Amanda Angel