April 23, 2011

#50 Bears Drop Heartbreaking, 4-3, Match to #34 Yale

PROVIDENCE, RI - The 50th-ranked Brown women's tennis team (15-9, 4-3) dropped a heartbreaking, 4-3, decision to #34 Yale on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Center courts. Both teams entered the match with a chance to tie for the Ivy Title, but after Dartmouth's 4-3 win over Harvard, the best Brown could do was finish in a three-way tie for second in the league. With the match tied, 3-3, and one singles match left on the court, Yale's Stevi Petrelli was able to save three match points and take the third and deciding set, 7-5, giving the Bulldogs a share of the 2011 Ivy Title.

Yale opened the match with wins at #1 and #2 doubles to earn the doubles point and the early 1-0 lead. Brown's #3 team of junior Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) and sophomore Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL) posted an 8-6 win at the #3 position.

Brown two of the first three singles matches off the court, as the match was tied, 2-2, with three singles matches remaining. Winners for the Bears included Krasowski at #1 (6-4, 6-0) and junior Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) at #2 (7-5, 6-4).

After Yale grabbed a 3-2 lead with a three-set win at #4 singles, freshman Ariel Caldwell (Atlanta, GA) tied the match at 3-3 with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at #5, setting up Petrelli's clinching match.

The match was the final career match for Brown's four seniors; Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA), Ashley Butler (Charlotte, NC), Itsuka Kurihara (Coral Springs, FL), and Marisa Schonfeld (Washington, DC).

#34 Yale 4, #50 Brown 3
Doubles
#1 - Clark/Sullivan (Yale) def. B. Aboubakare/Harrow (Brown) 9-7
#2 - Brook/Epstein (Yale) def. Caldwell/Herzberg (Brown) 8-2
#3 - Flanzer/Krasowski (Brown) def. Seideman/Szokol (Yale) 8-6

Singles
#1 - Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Vicky Brook (Yale) 6-4, 6-0
#2 - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Elizabeth Epstein (Yale) 7-5, 6-4
#3 - Blair Seideman (Yale) def. Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) 6-1, 6-2
#4 - Stephanie Kent (Yale) def. Jessica Harrow (Brown) 7-5, 1-6, 6-2
#5 - Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Annie Sullivan (Yale) 7-5, 6-4
#6 - Stevi Petrelli (Yale) def. Julie Flanzer (Brown) 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5
Pictured: Misia Krasowski '13. Photo by DSPics.net.