PROVIDENCE, RI – The 66th-ranked Brown women’s tennis team (13-5, 1-0) rebounded from a pair of losses to post a 7-0 win over Penn in its 2010 Ivy opener. Brown was strong throughout the lineup, winning all three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-6, and earning five of the six singles wins in straight sets. Junior Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) had the match-clinching win for Brown, earning a 6-1, 7-5 victory at #2 singles to give Brown a 4-0 lead at the time and clinch the match.
The Bears opened doubles action with the team of sophomore Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) and freshman Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL) earning an 8-2 win at #2. Senior Emily Ellis (Fort Worth, TX) and junior Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC) followed with an 8-3 win at #3 doubles to clinch the point, while Aboubakare and sophomore Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) closed out the doubles competition with an 8-1 win at #1.
Krasowski gave Brown a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-2 win at #3 singles, while Flanzer quickly followed with a 6-0, 6-4 win at #4 singles to increase the Bears’ lead to 3-0, setting up Aboubakare’s match-clinching win. After winning the first set 6-1, Aboubakare was down in the second set, 4-3. She broke serve and then held to take a 5-3 lead, but Emily Wolff continued to fight, nearly holding serve with the score, 6-5, in favor of Aboubakare to prolong the match. Trailing, 40-15, in what would be the final game, Aboubakare fought back to break Wolff and post the win, 7-5 in the second set.
Schonfeld then earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at #6 singles to give Brown a 5-0 lead. Minutes later, Herzberg finished her match at #1 singles, 6-2, 6-4, as Brown went ahead, 6-0. Sophomore Catherine Stewart (Sewickley, PA) closed out the match with a three-set win at #5 singles. After dropping the first set, 6-2, Stewart came back to tie the match at one set apiece with a 6-3 win in the second set. With the match already decided Stewart and Penn’s Jackie Wong played a super tiebreaker for the third set. Stewart fell behind, 3-1, early, but then reeled of nine straight points to win, 10-3, and close out the sweep.
Brown continues action tomorrow when it hosts #33 Princeton at 12:00 noon.
#66 Brown 7,
#1 (#53) B. Aboubakare/Herzberg (Brown) def. Ely/Wong (Penn) 8-1
#2 Flanzer/Krasowski (Brown) def. Rodin/Wolf (Penn) 8-2
#3 Ellis/Schonfeld (Brown) def. DePaoli/Whitfield (Penn) 8-3
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
#1 Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Alexa Ely (Penn) 6-2, 6-4
#2 Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Emily Wolff (Penn) 6-1, 7-5
#3 Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Daniela DePaoli (Penn) 6-0, 6-2
#4 Julie Flanzer (Brown) def. Jules Rodin (Penn) 6-0, 6-4
#5 Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Jackie Wong (Penn) 2-6, 6-3, 10-3
#6 Marisa Schonfeld (Brown) def. Emma Whitfield (Penn) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3,4,2*,6,1,5
Pictured: Bianca Aboubakare ’11. Photo by DSPics.net.