September 14, 2007

Bears Open Season at Eastern Championships & Columbia Invitational

Sept. 14, 2007

WEST POINT, NY/NEW YORK, NY - The Brown women's tennis team opened up the 2007 season on Friday afternoon at two different tournaments in New York. Junior Brett Finkelstein (North Caldwell, NJ), sophomore Tanja Vucetic (Aventura, FL), and freshmen Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC) and Ashley Butler (Charlotte, NC) were in West Point at the Eastern Championships, while senior Kelley Kirkpatrick (Villanova, PA), junior Alexa Baggio (Coopersburg, PA), sophomores Kathrin Sorokko (Douglaston, NY) and Emily Ellis (Fort Worth, TX), and freshmen Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) and Itsuka Kurihara (Coral Springs, FL) were in New York at the Columbia Invitational.

Schonfeld was Brown's top Day one finisher at the Eastern Championships, hosted by Army, winning both of her singles matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the top flight.

At the Columbia Invitational, the Bears and the Lions played a hidden dual, with Brown winning two of three doubles matches and splitting the 12 singles matches with Columbia, 6-6.

EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (Brown Only) - Day 1
#1 Singles
Round of 32: Marisa Schonfeld (B) def. Elise DeRose (Colgate) 6-4, 6-1; Brett Finkelstein (B) def. Caitlyn Dry (Loyola) 6-2, 6-3. Round of 16: Marisa Schonfeld (B) def. Nyssa Peele (URI) 6-2, 6-0; Zoe Taylor (Hofstra) def. Brett Finkelstein (B) 6-3, 7-5.

#2 Singles
Round of 32: Erin Godly (Marist) def. Tanja Vucetic (B) 6-2, 6-4. 1st Round Consolation: Tanja Vucetic (B) def. Jessica Porter (UConn) 8-5.

#3 Singles
Round of 32: Ashley Butler (B) - bye. Round of 16: Diana Popescu (Buffalo) def. Ashley Butler (B) 6-0, 6-0. 2nd Round Consolation: H-Ann Johnson (Long Island) def. Ashley Butler (B) 9-7.

COLUMBIA INVITATIONAL RESULTS - Day 1
Round 1 Doubles
Bianca Aboubakare/Itsuka Kurihara (B) def. Sydney Murray/Lauren Shearer (C) 9-7; Carling Donovan/Stephanie Zilberman (C) def. Alexa Baggio/Kathrin Sorokko (B) 8-4; Kelley Kirkpatrick/Emily Ellis (B) def. Linnae Goswami/Kim McMenamin (C) 8-2.

Round 1 Singles
Kathrin Sorokko (B) def. Linnae Goswami (C) 6-1, 7-6(3); Kelley Kirkpatrick (B) def. Kim McMenamin (C) 6-0, 6-3; Stephanie Zilberman (C) def. Itsuka Kurihara (B) 6-3, 6-1; Sydney Murray (C) def. Alexa Baggio (B) 6-0, 6-1; Bianca Aboubakare (B) def. Nina Suda (C) 7-5, 6-4; Emily Ellis (B) def. Carling Donovan (C) 6-4, 7-5.

Round 2 Singles
Carling Donovan (C) def. Itsuka Kurihara (B) 6-4, 6-3; Stephanie Zilberman (C) def. Alexa Baggio (B) 6-0, 6-2; Lauren Shearer (C) def. Emily Ellis (B) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(7); Bianca Aboubakare (B) def. Natalia Makarova (C) 6-1, 6-2; Kathrin Sorokko (B) def. Kim McMenamin (C) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0(3); Nina Suda (C) def. Kelley Kirkpatrick (B) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0(6).