October 12, 2004

Bears Come Away With Promising Results at USTA National Tennis Center Invitational

Oct. 12, 2004

The Brown women's tennis team competed at the USTA National Tennis Center Women's College Invitational over the weekend in Flushing, NY. Sophomore Michelle Pautler (Kamuela, HI) led the way for the Bears, winning the "D" singles flight.

Along the way to her flight championship, Pautler defeated the #1 seed in the flight, Liis Sober, of Kentucky. Pautler won her first match, 2-6, 6-0 (11-9) to advance to a second round match against Sober. Pautler held on to win 2-6, 6-2 (10-8), while moving on to the quarterfinals, where she faced Ivy foe Kate Williams, of Penn, who was also seeded. Pautler won 6-2, 7-6 (7). Pautler picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Magan McGavock of South Carolina in the semifinals, before defeating Caroline Winebrenner of Kentucky, 2-6, 6-4 (10-8) in the finals.

In other singles action, senior Alex Arlak (Leonia, NJ) won her first match in the "B" flight 6-1, 6-3, before falling in the second round 0-6, 7-5 (5), 7-10 to Anna Blagodarova of Texas A&M. In flight "C" singles, freshman Daisy Ames (Atlanta, GA) earned a 6-3, 6-4 win in the first match, but fell to Ivy foe Cindy Chu of Harvard, 7-5, 6-4, in the second round. Sophomore Amanda Saiontz (Miami, FL) also competed in flight "C" and won three straight matches, before falling to second-seeded Nicki Mecham of Texas A&M in the semifinals. Saiontz won 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, defeating seeded Charlie Tansill of UNC. In the second round, Saiontz earned a 6-3, 5-7 win, before winning 3-6, 6-4 (10-7) over Ivy foe Caroline Stanislawski, of Penn, in the quarterfinals.

Freshman Kelley Kirkpatrick (Villanova, PA) joined Pautler in flight "D". After dropping her first match, 3-6, 1-6, to Winebrenner of Kentucky, Kirkpatrick went on to win two straight matches in consolation competition. She defeated Catherine Starr of Yale, 6-2, 7-6 (1), and Lindsey Nott of Army, 6-2, 6-1. In the "E" singles flight, freshman Meredith Woodhouse (Wayzata, MN) went 1-2, dropping her first match to #3 Jessica McKeown of Penn State, 6-2, 6-4, and winning her first consolation match, 6-1, 6-1, over Nora Gardner of Georgetown. Woodhouse lost her final match by default, to Kristin Dew of Georgetown.

In doubles action, the duo of Pautler and Saiontz went 2-1 in flight "A". After dropping their first match, 8-1, to a pair from Harvard, Pautler and Saiontz won two straight matches in consolation action, winning the first by virtue of default, and the second 8-4, over a pair from Yale. In flight "B", Ames and Arlak defeated a pair from Kentucky, 8-2, and #7 Julia Roach and Virginia Romero from NC State, 9-7, before falling to #4 Blakeley Griffith and Vicky Jones of Tennessee, 8-4. In flight "C" doubles, Woodhouse and freshman Ashley Pariser (Alexandria, VA) dropped an 8-4 decision to a pair from Dartmouth. Pariser then combined with Kirkpatrick to win 8-1 over Mary Ford and Christine Bicksler of Army.

The Bears continue action October 22, when they travel to Penn to compete in the ITA Regional Championships from October 22 to October 26.