Tennis Fares Well At Eastern Collegiate Championship
Sept. 17, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The University of Massachusetts women's tennis team began its season today by competing in the Eastern Collegiate Tennis Championship at the The Lichtenberg and Malek Tennis Centers at the United States Military Academy. Two UMass singles players and two doubles tandems advanced to the quarterfinals.
In No. 1 singles, sophomore Michele Spiess (Stuttgart, Germany) breezed through her second round match with Marists' Yana Tikhonko (6-0, 6-2) and will face Christine Papa of Fordham in the quarterfinal round tomorrow. In second singles, freshman Masha Pozar (Ljublijana, Slovenia) swept Stephanie Fosnight of St. Bonaventure, 6-0 and 6-0, to set up a quarterfinal match tomorrow against Annie Davies of Pitt.
In No. 3 singles, second-seeded Jana Bartoloni (Quincy, Mass.) was upset by Ellenoira Featherston of Fordham, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 10-3. Bartoloni bounced back in the consolation bracket to defeat Mayo Hosoda of Hofstra, 8-2. She will now play Molly Gillbride of Providence tomorrow in the quarterfinals. In fourth singles, junior Lesley Fisher (Shrewsbury, Mass.) lost to Nicole Rodger of Providence, 0-6, 2-6, in the first round. She was then defeated by Shella Dangout of Niagara in the consolation round, 5-8.
In No. 1 doubles, the tandem of senior Sasha Edelstein (Haifa, Israel) and junior Dorothy Iwanowicz (Hilton Head, S.C.) cruised into the quarterfinals by defeating Gorur/Lorenzetti from St. John's, 8-5. In No. 2 doubles, the tandem of junior Susan Johnson (Annapolis, Md.) and freshman Kristin DiPiero (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) also cruised into tomorrow's quarterfinal round with an 8-5 win over Gacad-Cowan/Petrasko of Long Island.
The three-day event, which runs through Sunday, is the largest individual tournament in the country behind the NCAA Championships and the ITA Regional Championships. The tournament resumes play at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday.
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