October 16, 2008

Doubles Teams Keep Rolling for M. Tennis

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The men’s tennis team wrapped up play at the Columbia Invitational this past weekend, claiming one single and two doubles titles overall. The tournament, which marked the second time the Red have played in New York City this season, was marked by the consistently strong doubles play that has made this team successful in its fall matches thus far. The team of seniors Kyle Doppelt and Josh Goldstein captured the Flight A championship after wins over Columbia and Binghamton. Sophomore Jon Jaklitsch and junior Jon Fife won the Flight B final with wins over St. John’s and Binghamton. In singles play, senior Marc Asch claimed the Flight C title in a three-set thriller (6-4, 5-7, 6-1) over a Penn player. Next week, the Red will travel to Yale to participate in the ITA Northeast Regionals — the highly anticipated individual tournament — before concluding the fall season at home with the Cornell Outdoor Invitational.
On the women’s side, freshman Stephanie Kent lost a three-set match to Katerina Gajic of Boston College on Monday morning, in the finals of her singles bracket in Flushing, Queens — the site of the U.S. Open. She defeated the No. 2 seed Ryann Cutillo from Wake Forest in the semifinals. Kent fared well in doubles, too, with partner Natalia Sanchez, advancing past the Round of 16 before losing to the No. 1-seeded team from Brown. Kent’s success comes off the heels of another big victory: winning the singles finals at the Cissie Leary Invitational last weekend in Philadelphia. Sophomore Ruxandra Dumitrescu and senior Shayna Miller each defeated their first-round rivals in their singles matches before losing to players from Texas A&M and Yale, respectively. In the other doubles matchup, the tandem of Dumitrescu and sophomore Sinziana Chis failed to advance. The women’s team also has their ITA Regionals next week, in Philadelphia at Penn.