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Women's Tennis Back on the Courts in Tournament Play This Weekend

Harvard's Kristin Norton
Harvard's Kristin Norton

Portions courtesy of Cornell Athletics Communications and Harvard Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The fall tournament slate continues for Ivy women's tennis this weekend with six teams in action.

Penn showcases its brand-new Hamlin Tennis Center as a part of Penn Park for the 15th Annual Cissie Leary Invitational Sept. 23-25. The tournament draw includes two other Ivy schools in Columbia and Cornell and local Philadelphia flavor in Temple and Drexel as well as Delaware, Fairfield, Maryland, and Penn State to round out the nine-team field.

Brown hosts its own three-day invitational, welcoming Dartmouth and Princeton among other schools, to the Pizzitola Center courts.

Harvard junior Kristin Norton won the A flight singles title and joined classmate Hideko Tachibana to take home the 'A' flight doubles championship at the Harvard Fall Classic. Norton downed Camille Jania, another Crimson junior, 6-3, 6-1, to claim the A flight championship. The powerful duo of Norton and Tachibana rolled to the A flight doubles championship, 8-3, over Yuliana Motyl and Chantal Swiszcz of Massachusetts.

At the Cornell Fall Invitational, the Big Red were led by its freshmen and junior Christine Ordway. Ordway defeated teammate Ryann Young , 6-4, 6-1, in the flight A singles final then paired with freshman Gabby Sullivan to win the A doubles title 8-5 in another all-Cornell championship against Young and Sara Perelman. Sullivan also won the A singles backdraw in a marathon match with NJIT's Monica Graff, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 11-9.

Freshman Lauren Frazier beat classmate Nina Turudic in the B singles final, 6-2, 5-7, 10-7. Another Big Red rookie, Courtney Malinchak, fell to Buffalo's Tarama Markovic, 6-1, 6-3, in the C singles final. Freshman Rosemary Li won the C singles backdraw and lost 8-1 with Sarah O'Neil in B doubles final to Binghamton's Jillian Santos and Missy Edelblum. Malinchak and Kirsten Kohagen won the D doubles backdraw.

Yale completed in the Georgia Tech Invitational with a 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State in singles and a 2-1 loss to Georgia in doubles. Over the first two days of the event, the Bulldogs went 1-2 in singles and 1-2 in doubles, defeating Oklahoma State in both formats and losing matches to Georgia and Georgia Tech. Freshmen Amber Li and Hanna Yu led the Bulldogs in singles with two wins each. Senior Vicky Brook teamed with Yu in doubles and captured wins over Oklahoma State's Meghan Blevins and Kanyapat Narattana and Georgia's Lauren Herring and Kate Fuller.