UMass Tennis Advances One Singles Player And Two Doubles Tandems At Day Two Of Easterns
Sept. 19, 2004
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- University of Massachusetts women's tennis sophomore Michele Spiess (Stuttgart, Germany) upset second-seeded Viviana Figueroa of Seton Hall, 6-3, 6-1, to advance into Sunday's No. 1 singles championship match at the Eastern Collegiate Invitational at the The Lichtenberg and Malek Tennis Centers at the United States Military Academy. In addition, both UMass doubles teams advanced on the second day of play.
Spiess, seeded fourth in flight A, will meet fifth-seeded Christine Ong of Army in Sunday's championship match. Ong upset top-seeded Lauren Leo of St. John's on Saturday. Spiess had knocked off Christina Papa of Fordham, 6-2, 6-0, earlier in the day to set up the match with Figueroa.
In No. 2 singles, fourth-seeded Masha Pozar (Ljublijana, Slovenia) was upset by Jessica Loose of Long Island University, 4-6, 6-7 (6). In No. 3 singles, junior Jana Bartoloni (Quincy, Mass.) has battled back through the consolation bracket after being upset on Friday and will play top-seeded Kristina Bothova of St. John's in Sunday's championship game. On her way through the consolation bracket, Bartoloni beat Jill Williams of Pitt (8-1), Molly Gilbride of Providence (8-4) and Mayo Hosoda of Hofstra (8-2).
In No. 1 doubles, the tandem of Sasha Edelstein (Haifa, Israel) and Dorothy Iwanowicz (Hilton Head, S.C.) are set to play the team of Gvurgina/Seide of Seton Hall in the semifinals on Sunday. On Saturday, they knocked off Lehigh's top team of Foster and Long, 8-5.
In No. 2 doubles, junior Susan Johnson (Annapolis, Md.) and freshman Kristin DiPiero (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) have also reached the semifinal round where they will play the tandem of Bicksler and Chavez from Army on Sunday. Johnson and DiPiero defeated Cooper/Marsocci of Fairfield on Saturday, 8-0.
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.