April 6, 2001

Women on East Hill

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The Crimson is coming to town, the Crimson is coming to town!

This weekend, the women’s tennis team (12-4, 1-0 Ivy) will host Harvard and Dartmouth at the Reis Tennis Center. The Red has been in commendable form over the past few weeks, and will hope to continue what has been a remarkable season thus far. With only six more matches left till the curtain goes down on the spring campaign, the Red wants to make each point count.

Last weekend the Red managed to record team victories over both Columbia and Army. Freshman Kate Sternberg had gone undefeated until Sunday’s match against Navy. She was a pillar of strength during the 4-3 win against Ivy League foe Columbia. Sternberg secured the win for Cornell in convincing fashion after struggling against the Lions’ Joyce Chang. Down 5-2 in the first set, Sternberg rallied to win it before cruising through the second set for the 7-5, 6-1 victory. Sternberg is now 12-1 for the season.

Also contributing to the victory was No. 1 singles player sophomore Suzanne Wright and No. 2 senior captain Ngozi Amobi, both of whom earned deserved singles victories.

The team caged the Lions’ spirit and converted the win by sweeping all three doubles matches. Sophomores Nicole Chiu and Alex DelPrete earned the most exciting victory of the day, coming from behind to win in a the tiebreak, 9-8 (2).

Earlier in the weekend, the Red wrapped up its out-of-conference schedule with an impressive 5-2 victory over the U.S. Military Academy. Cornell opened the contest as it did the previous day against Columbia — sweeping the doubles competition. Wright turned out a red-hot display to defeat Annie Weber 6-1, 6-1 in the opening singles match, meanwhile, Amobi captured her second singles match of the weekend with a 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory over Cheryl Hamilton. DelPrete, playing higher in the lineup than usual due to team injuries, notched a 6-3, 6-3 singles victory. Chiu scored the Red’s fourth singles point at the No. 6 spot, defeating Lauren Leftin 6-1, 6-3.

Coming off these victories, the Red should be looking to knock off both Harvard and Dartmouth.

Archived article by Kris Rajan