Women’s Tennis Finishes Third at ECAC Championship

Women’s Tennis Finishes Third at ECAC Championship

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown women's tennis team finished third at the ECAC Championship, upending two higher ranked teams in the tournament that ran Friday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 11 at Jadwin Gymnasium.

Brown, the fifth seed of the tournament, squared off against fourth-seeded Penn in the first day of action on Friday. The Quakers were able to take the doubles point but the Bears fought back in singles and won the match, 4-2.

Penn opened with a 6-2 win in third doubles with Brown tying it with a 6-3 win in second doubles by senior Alyza Benotto (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Semi Oloko (Canton, Mass.). The Quakers then took the point with a 6-3 showing in the first spot. 

Senior Maddie Stearns (Short Hills, N.J.) started singles play in the top spot with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win to knot the match. Sophomore Devon Jack (San Marino, Calif.) pulled the Bears ahead 2-1 with a second singles victory, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Penn came back with a win in fifth singles to again tied the match (2-2) before Brown clinched it with wins from junior Katie Ta (Mission Viejo, Calif.) (6-4, 6-4, sixth) and Benotto (6-4, 1-6, 6-3, second).

The win from Friday pinned the Bears against top-ranked Princeton on Saturday where they were edged 4-2.

The Tigers took the doubles point with wins in third and second doubles. Jack opened singles play and tied the match 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-4 win in third singles. Sophomore Juliana Simon (Los Angeles, Calif.) followed with a 6-3, 7-5 win in fourth singles to pull Brown ahead 2-1. Princeton responded with a win in sixth singles to tie the match and then went on to win with victories in first and second singles. Stearns put up a fight in first singles, playing against No. 100 Katrine Steffensen but fell 4-6, 5-7. Benotto also faced a ranked opponent, No. 81 Stephanie Schrage in second singles, and also battled but was defeated 2-6, 5-7.

In the third place match against third-seeded Cornell on Sunday the Bears went on to win the match 4-0. Stearns and Kowalsky led off in third doubles with a 6-2 win while Benotto and Oloko sealed the point with a 6-1 win in second doubles.

Benotto started singles play with a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the second spot. Simon increased the Bears' lead to 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph in fourth singles. Kowalsky sealed the match for Brown in fifth singles with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The Bears next hosts Boston University on Saturday, Feb. 17 for a 12:00 p.m. match on the Ivy League Network.

Results - Penn (Fri.)
1. Qostal/Zhu (P) def. Simon/Jack, 6-3
2. Benotto/Oloko (B) def. Rodriguez-Benito/Singh, 6-3
3. Kowalska/Curnic (P) def. Stearns/Kowalsky, 6-2

1. Stearns (B) def. Qostal, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Benotto (B) def. Rodriguez-Benito, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
3. Jack (B) def. Kowalska, 6-4, 6-4
4. Simon (B) vs. Zhu, 6-2, 4-6, 0-4 (DNF)
5. Curnic (P) def. Kowalsky, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
6. Ta (B) def. Singh, 6-4, 6-4

Results - Princeton (Sat.)
1. Schrage/Kalhorn (P) vs. Jack/Simon, 4-4 (DNF)
2. Steffensen/McKee (P) def. Benotto/Oloko, 6-2
3. Rodilosso/Goodwin (P) def. Stearns/Cosme, 6-1

1. No. 100 Steffensen (P) def. Stearns, 6-4, 7-5
2. No. 81 Schrage (P) def. Benotto, 6-2, 7-5
3. Jack (B) def. Kalhorn, 6-2, 6-4
4. Simon (B) def. McKee, 6-3, 7-5
5. Pollner (P) vs. Kowalsky, 4-6, 6-2 (DNF)
6. Chen (P) def. Ta, 6-3, 6-0

Results - Cornell (Sun.)
1. Jack/Simon (B) vs. Shah/Iinuma, 3-2 (DNF)
2. Benotto/Oloko (B) def. Lilenthal/Stevens, 6-1
3. Stearns/Kowalsky (B) def. Dua/Wang, 6-2

1. Stearns (B) vs. Shah, 7-6 (DNF)
2. Benotto (B) def. Iinuma, 6-3, 6-1
3. Jack (B) vs. Dua, 2-6, 6-3, 3-0 (DNF)
4. Simon (B) def. Lilienthal, 6-3, 6-2
5. Kowalsky (B) def. Stevens, 6-3, 6-4
6. Ta (B) vs. Wang, 6-3 (DNF)