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Women's Tennis Looks For Strong Showing Out West

Yale's Elizabeth Epstein
Yale's Elizabeth Epstein

Portions courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League women's tennis is on the courts once again this weekend with Penn going across town ffor the Saint Joseph's Fall Invitational and 10 Ivies are headed west to participate in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Riviera Women's All-American Championships at Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The Quakers are participating in the Saint Joseph's second-annual event that consists of four singles and two doubles flights over three days.

At the ITA/Riveria Women's All-American Championships, the Ivy League will be represented in the qualifying draws by Yale's Elizabeth Epstein (singles), Brown's Jessica Harrow and Misia Krasowski (doubles) and Princeton's Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff (doubles). Two Columbia doubles teams -- Nicole Bartnik/Bianca Sanon and Renata Arshavskaya/Adel Arshavskaya -- along with Krasowski and Yale's Vicky Brook in singles will compete in the pre-qualifying draws. The event begins with the pre-qualifying competition Oct. 1-2 moves to the qualifying brackets on Oct. 4-5 and culminates with main draw play Oct. 6-9.

Penn unveiled its brand-new Hamlin Tennis Center with a second-straight doubles title in the Cissie Leary Invitational. It was a different Penn doubles duo but the same result for the host Quakers as freshman Sol Eskenazi and sophomore Jaime Yapp-Shing defeated Penn State's Petra Januskova and Nina Seric 8-4 in the 15th annual edition of the tournament.

In the singles bracket, Bartnik fell just short of the title in a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 loss to Januskova. She defeated fellow Ivy Alexandra Ion of Penn 6-4, 6-1 in one semifinal match and Eskenazi lost to Januskova 6-4, 7-5 in other semifinal.

At the Brown Invitational, Princeton brought home three singles titles in the draws named after the schools competing in the tournament. Senior Rachel Saiontz won the Binghamton draw, sophomore Katherine Flanigan won the Boston College draw and freshman Lindsay Graff won the Boston University draw. In an ironic twist. Brown's Misia Krasowski and Dartmouth's Rachel Decker-Sadowski fell in the singles finals of the draws bearing their respective school's name:

Binghamton: Rachel Saiontz (Princeton) def. Leonie Athanasiadis (Boston University), 6-1, 6-0
Brown: Alex Kelleher (Boston College) def. Misia Krasowski (Brown), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Boston College: Katherine Flanigan (Princeton) def. Ina Kauppila (Boston College) 7-5, 6-2
Boston University: Lindsay Graff (Princeton) def. Olga Khmylev (Boston College), 6-2, 7-6(6)
Dartmouth: Taylor Hollander (Binghamton) def. Rachel Decker-Sadowski (Dartmouth): 6-4, 6-3
Princeton: Sarah Dalton (Boston University) def. Joan Cannon (Princeton), 6-3, 6-3
Rutgers: Kelly Barry (Boston College) def. Katie Goepel (Princeton), 6-1, 6-0

Princeton also claimed the tournament's double title with three wins in four individual doubles matches over Boston College a day after defeating Binghamton and Dartmouth.