February 1, 2009

Bears Improve to 3-0 With 6-1 Victory over Buffalo

Feb. 1, 2009

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season, picking up a 6-1 victory over visiting Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) clinched the victory for Brown, winning her three-set match at #4 singles, which lasted nearly three hours.

Brown started things off by taking the doubles point, winning at #2 and #3. The two teams split at #2 and #1, with the Bears' #2 team of freshman Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) and senior Sara Mansur (Houston, TX) winning, 8-1. After Brown's #1 team dropped an 8-5 decision, the point came down to #3, where juniors Emily Ellis (Fort Worth, TX) and Kathrin Sorokko (Douglaston, NY) prevailed in a tight match, 8-6.

Mansur won easily at #3 singles, 6-1, 6-1, to give Brown a 2-0 lead and then Herzberg picked up a 6-2, 7-5 win at #2 singles to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage. Herzberg was actually down in the second set, 5-3, but won four straight games to pick up the two-set victory.

Flanzer, who won her first set, which lasted one hour and 20 minutes, 7-5, dropped the second set, 6-4. She was able to pull ahead in the third set, 4-1, and eventually won, 6-3 to clinch the match.

A loss by sophomore Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) at #1 singles gave Buffalo its point, but freshman Catherine Stewart (Sewickley, PA) claimed a 6-2, 6-0 win at #6 to give Brown a 5-1 lead and then junior Tanja Vucetic (Aventura, FL) earned a three-set win (4-6, 6-3, 10-5) at #5 singles for the 6-1 final.

Brown 6, Buffalo 1
Doubles
#1 Harijanto/Popescu (Buffalo) def. B. Aboubakare/Flanzer (Brown) 8-5
#2 Herzberg/Mansur (Brown) def. Stan/Subenkova (Buffalo) 8-1
#3 Emily Ellis/Kathrin Sorokko (Brown) def. Petrova/Toia (Buffalo) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,1,3
Singles
#1 Denise Harijanto (Buffalo) def. Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3
#2 Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Diana Popescu (Buffalo) 6-2, 7-5
#3 Sara Mansur (Brown) def. Smaranda Stan (Buffalo) 6-1, 6-1
#4 Julie Flanzer (Brown) def. Diana Toia (Buffalo) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
#5 Tanja Vucetic (Brown) def. Anna Subenkova (Buffalo) 4-6, 6-3 (10-5)
#6 Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Aleksandra Petrova (Buffalo) 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 3,2,4,1,6,5