October 10, 2010

Four Bears in Singles Finals at USTA NTC Women's Invitational

FLUSHING, NY - Four Brown women's tennis players have advanced to the singles finals in their respective flights at the 2010 USTA NTC Women's College Invitational. Senior Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA), sophomore Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL), and freshman Maxine Thomas (Los Angeles, CA) will play in the finals of the top three singles flights, respectively, Monday at 10:30, while freshman Ariel Cladwell (Atlanta, GA) will play in the final match of the "E" singles flight Monday at 10:30.

In the "A" flight, top-seeded Aboubakare earned wins over Tetiana Kovalski (ASA College), 6-3, 7-5, Blair Seideman (Yale), 6-4, 6-7 (9), 1-0 (6), and third-seeded Alex Kelleher (BC), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (9). She will face fourth-seeded Anna Edelman of Binghamton in the final match.

In the "B" flight, second-seeded Krasowski earned wins over Julia Prantl (FDU), 6-1, 6-0, Bianca Sanon (Columbia), 7-5, 6-1, and Hannah Fick (Liberty), 6-1, 6-0. She will face fourth-seeded Joelle Kissell of NC State in the final match.

In the C" flight, Thomas earned wins over Zeile Pfeiffer (Long Island), 6-1, 6-1, Rocio Portela (Seton Hall), 6-1, 6-1, and Ryan Reichel (Dartmouth), 6-1, 6-1. She will face top-seeded Tana Illova of NC State in the final match.

In the "E" flight, Caldwell earned wins over second-seeded Maryana Milchutsky (Rutgers), 6-3, 6-1, Daniella DePaoli (Penn), 6-1, 6-1, and Shannon Comolli (Cornell), 6-1, 6-2. She will face Ioana Alecsiu of Columbia in the final match.

Junior Catherine Stewart (Sewickley, PA) also competed this weekend, winning her round of 16 match in the "D" singles flight over Jenny Yonkus (St. John's), 6-1, 6-3, before falling in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Christy Sipes (NC State), 6-2, 6-3. She also dropped a backdraw match to Rachel Decker-Sadowski (Dartmouth), 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (2).

In doubles action, Aboubakare and Thomas, seeded third in the "A" flight, posted wins over Do/Ely (Penn), 9-7, and Chis/Comolli (Cornell), 8-5, before falling in the semifinals to top-seeded Holzberg/Zhang (Rutgers), 8-1.

Caldwell and Stewart played in the "B" flight, and dropped their first match, before earning an 8-3 win over Christenson/Kavacevic (Columbia) in the backdraw.

Earlier in the week, Thomas also represented Brown at the ITA/Riviera All-American Tournament. She dropped her pre-qualifying singles match to Kaitllyn Christian (USC).

Complete Brown Results

"A" Singles
Round of 16 - (1) Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Tetiana Kovalska (ASA College) 6-3, 7-5
Quarterfinals - (1) Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Blair Seideman (Yale) 6-4, 6-7 (9), 1-0 (6)
Semifinals - (1) Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. (3) Alex Kelleher (BC) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (9)

"B" Singles
Round of 16 - (2) Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Julia Prantl (FDU) 6-1, 6-0
Quarterfinals - (2) Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Bianca Sanon (Columbia) 7-5, 6-1
Semifinals - (2) Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Hannah Fick (Liberty) 6-1, 6-0

"C" Singles
Round of 16 - Maxine Thomas (Brown) def. Zeile Pfeiffer (LIU) 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Maxine Thomas (Brown) def. Rocio Portela (Seton Hall) 6-1, 6-1
Semifinals - Maxine Thomas (Brown) def. Ryan Reichel (Dartmouth) 6-1, 6-1

"D" Singles
Round of 16 - Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Jenny Yonkus (St. John's) 6-1, 6-3
Quarterfinals - (2) Christy Sipes (NC State) def. Catherine Stewart (Brown) 6-2, 6-3
Consolation - Rachel Decker-Sadowski (Dartmouth) def. Catherine Stewart (Brown) 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (2)

"E" Singles
Round of 16 - Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. (2) Maryana Milchutsky (Rutgers) 6-3, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Daniella DePaoli (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
Semifinals - Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Shannon Comolli (Cornell) 6-1, 6-2

"A" Doubles
Round of 16 - (3) B. Aboubakare/Thomas (Brown) def. Do/Ely (Penn) 9-7
Quarterfinals - (3) B. Aboubakare/Thomas (Brown) def. Chis/Comolli (Cornell) 8-5
Semifinals - (1) Holzberg/Zhang (Rutgers) def. (3) B. Aboubakare/Thomas (Brown) 8-1

"B" Doubles
Round of 16 - Milchutsky/Petrini (Rutgers) def. Caldwell/Stewart (Brown) 8-4
Consolation Quarterfinals - Caldwell/Stewart (Brown) def. Christenson/Kovacevic (Columbia) 8-3
Consolation Semifinals - Matsuoka/Stewart (Dartmouth) def. Stewart/Caldwell (Brown) 8-6

Pictured: Bianca Aboubakare '11. Photo by DSPics.net.