The Cornell women’s tennis team traveled to Philadelphia, Penn., this weekend to face competition at the Cissie Leary Invitational. The Red won one doubles match and four out of its six singles matches, knocking off opponents from inside and outside the Ivy League in impressive victories.
Sophomore Laura Leigh Tallent led the team, winning her way into the third round of competition. Only Sanela Kunovac, the No. 6 seed from Penn, could stop her. Tallent defeated Penn’s Linda Leibfarth in the first round 6-4, 6-4; then eliminated Julia Sotiriu in the second round, 6-2, 7-5.
Junior Suzanne Wright, the Red’s captain, won two first round matches. First she beat Penn’s Kate Williams 6-4, 6-0 in singles; then she joined with classmate Daniela DelPrete to down Kim Barfuss and Lorett Zamot of Seton Hall 8-2.
The Red also got a boost from its youngsters. Freshmen Erika Takeuchi and Akana Kokubo both smashed their way to singles victories, putting down Judy Wang of Penn State and Lehigh’s Rachel Samson, respectively, to round out Cornell’s success over the weekend.
The team returns home to prepare for the ECAC Championships, October 12-15, at Princeton.
Archived article by Matt James