January 26, 2009

Bears Earn Close 4-3 Victory against BU

Jan. 26, 2009

Dorchester, MA - The Brown women's tennis team (1-0) opened its spring season with a 4-3 win over Boston University (1-1), held on a neutral court in Dorchester, MA. The match came down to the wire and was ultimately decided by the doubles points, which Brown won, as the two teams split the six singles matches, 3-3.

The Bears opened the match by taking two of the three doubles matches to go ahead, 1-0. Sophomore Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) and senior Sara Mansur (Houston, TX) combined for an 8-6 win at #1 doubles, but juniors Kathrin Sorokko (Douglaston, NY) and Emily Ellis (Fort Worth, TX) were defeated at #3, by the same score. The point came down to the #2 match, where freshman Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) and sophomore Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC) pulled out a 9-8 (4) win to give Brown the point.

Herzberg, ranked 26th in the East region, gave Brown a 2-0 lead, winning her match at #2 singles, 6-2, 6-0, but Brown dropped the next three matches, at #3, #5, and #4, as BU went ahead, 3-2. Junior Tanja Vucetic (Aventura, FL) tied the match at 3-3 with a victory at #6 singles, 6-4, 6-2, setting up Aboubakare's match-clinching victory at #1, which was not without drama.

After winning the first set, 6-4, Aboubakare, who is ranked second in the East Region, was ahead in the second, 5-4. However, Stefanie Nunic forced a tiebreaker and then was leading Aboubakare, 6-2, in the tiebreaker. Aboubakare then won six straight points to take the tiebreaker, 8-6, and give Brown the victory.

The Bears continue action this weekend at home when they host Army on Saturday, January 31, at 11:00 a.m. and Buffalo on Sunday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m.

Brown 4, Boston University 3
Doubles
#1 B. Aboubakare/Mansur (Brown) def. Nunic/Whu (BU) 8-6
#2 Herzberg/Schonfeld (Brown) def. Carrao/Steiner (BU) 9-8 (4)
#3 Lefkowith/Abraham (BU) def. Sorokko/Ellis (Brown) 8-6
Singles
#1 Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Stefanie Nunic (BU) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
#2 Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Francine Whu (BU) 6-2, 6-0
#3 Petra Santini (BU) def. Sara Mansur (Brown) 6-3, 6-2
#4 Cori Lefkowith (BU) def. Julie Flanzer (Brown) 6-2, 7-5
#5 Elizabeth Carrao (BU) def. Catherine Stewart (Brown) 6-2, 6-2
#6 Tanja Vucetic (Brown) def. Vanessa Steiner (BU) 6-4, 6-2