March 26, 2001

Women's Tennis Has Mixed Results on the Road

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Women’s tennis earned a mixed bag of results over spring break, winning one meet and losing two others. The results drop the Red to a 10-4 season mark.

Cornell opened its spring break vacation with a 6-1 win over Georgia State in Atlanta. It managed to gather the first team point by winning at all three doubles spots. The Red then won five of the six singles matches to earn a comfortable victory.

Sophomores Suzanne Wright and Daniela DelPrete won 9-7 over Mable Abraham and Karine Etienne at No. 1 doubles, while senior captain Ngozi Amobi teamed up with freshman Kate Sternberg to win 8-4 at the No. 2 position. Sophomores Nicole Chiu and Alex DelPrete completed the doubles rout by winning the third tie by default, as Georgia State could not field a third doubles team.

In the singles competition, Wright, Amobi, freshman Laura Leigh Tallent and Sternberg all won in two sets and sophomore Piper Lucas won at No. 6 by default.

The Red continued its spring break tour in Miami Shores, Fla., where it took on host Barry University. Unfortunately, the netters lost the tie 5-4. Suzanne Wright won a pair of matches, but in the end, her efforts were not enough to lead the team to victory. Barry played good tennis to take the singles tie 4-2, and gathered enough momentum to pull out a tough victory.

The Red jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after doubles play, as Wright and classmate Daniela DelPrete earned victory in the No.1 doubles. Once again the pairing of Amobi and Sternberg proved fruitful, as they also managed to score a victory. However, the No.3 doubles team of Chiu and Alex DelPrete fell to their opponents in a well contested match.

Wright and Leigh Tallent earned wins in singles play, but Barry won the other four matches in straight sets to earn the win.

The team concluded the tour at Boca Raton, Fla., where it challenged Lynn University. Lynn won two of the three doubles matches and five of the six singles matches to defeat the Red 7-2 in a landslide victory.

The netters lone singles victory came from Sternberg, who managed to beat Maria Palacios 6-3, 6-3. Nicole Chiu nearly upset Masha Bajramovis at No. 6, but the Knights held on to win 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. In doubles action, the duo of Alex DelPrete and Chiu claimed a victory at the No. 3 position. The two defeated Bajramovis and Bucke Yavuz 8-6.

Cornell plays host to Ivy League contenders Columbia on March 30 at the Reis Tennis Center.

Archived article by Kris Rajan