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October 25, 2012

Women's Tennis Sweep Titles at USTA/ITA Northeast Regional

Results

Courtesy of Penn Athletics Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Princeton freshman Amanda Muliawan in singles and Penn sophomore Sol Eskenazi and freshman Sonya Latycheva in doubles made it an all-Ivy League sweep at the 2012 United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Regional Championships.

Both won their titles by defeating Ivy counterparts from Columbia as Muliawan completed her run in singles with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kanika Vaidya, while Eskenazi and Latycheva fought off Bianca Sanon and Tiana Takenaga in a 8-6 win to secure the doubles championship.

Muliawan has won 10 matches in a row since Princeton returned from its season-opening tournament at Missouri. At the regional, she won her first four matches in straight sets before battling back from a first-set loss in the semifinal and taking the final in two sets in the final.

Entering the tournament as the third-seeded doubles team, Eskenazi and Latycheva quickly dispatched their opponents in the first two rounds but met more resistance as the bracket played out. In the Round of 16 they met an unseeded team from Columbia, but one that featured singles No. 1 seed Nicole Bartnik. After an 8-6 win in that match, they were off to the quarterfinals where they again claimed an 8-6 win, this one coming over No. 8 seed Elizabeth Epstein and Hanna Yu of Yale. The Quaker tandem made quick work of Muliawan and Lindsay Graff, the regional's No. 1 seed, 8-2 in the semifinals before taking down the No. 2 seeded Lions' duo in the final.

With the victories, Muliawan, Eskenazi and Latycheva gain automatic berths in the 2012 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships to be played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Nov. 8-11. The event, hosted by Columbia, features the top-32 collegiate players from all levels, as well as the top-20 doubles teams.