September 30, 2003

W. Tennis Struggles at Maryland Invitational

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Despite not winning any titles in this past weekend’s Maryland Invitational, the women’s tennis team emerged from the weekend claiming a modest success, as seven of the Red’s eight singles entrants advanced to the final day of competition in the annual event.

Leading the way for Cornell was junior Akane Kokubo, who beat Syracuse’s Ashley Lipton, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday. Nisha Suda and Kara Malloy, who won their “C” flight singles match, joined Kokubo as the only Cornellians to win their Sunday matches.

On the doubles side, the pair of Malloy and Kasia Preneta fell to the Richmond duo of Klein and Carter, 8-5.

Senior Laura Leigh-Tallent and junior Melissa Tu both lost in their singles consolation bracket matches, in flights “A” and “B,” respectively, Sunday. In addition, Preneta lost, 7-6(1), 6-4 in “B” flight singles to Emily Applegate of Richmond.

Freshman Melanie Tu lost to Ashley constantine of West Virginia, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, on Sunday in flight “C” singles.

Sunday’s results belied what was otherwise a strong performance by the Red in a tournament that was much more of a challenge last year.

All together, Cornell’s entrants went 20-21 over the tournament, a vast improvement over last year’s 12 total wins.

The tournament served as the Red’s final tuneup before the ECAC tournament, which will take place Oct. 11-13. This tournament is the highlight of the fall season and will be a test of where the Red stands heading into the spring.

Archived article by Owen Bochner

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