March 8, 2009

Bears Edge Maryland, 4-3

March 8, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The Brown women's tennis team (10-2) won a thrilling, 4-3, match over the University of Maryland on Sunday afternoon, stretching its unbeaten streak to six matches. The match was close throughout and came down to the #5 and #6 singles positions, which both went to three sets.

Brown earned a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point with wins at #1 and #2 doubles. After falling, 8-4, at #3 doubles, senior Sara Mansur (Houston, TX) and freshman Carissa Aboubakare (Orange, CA) picked up an 8-5 win at #2 doubles. As Mansur and Aboubakare earned the win to tie the doubles action, freshman Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) and sophomore Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) were tied at 5-5 at #1. Herzberg and the older Aboubakare proceeded to win the next three games to claim the doubles point for Brown and give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

In singles action, Maryland tied the match at 1-1 with a win at #3. Bianca Aboubakare then regained the lead for Brown by winning at #1 singles, 6-1, 6-3. Another Brown loss, at #4, tied the match at 2-2, but Herzberg claimed a 6-4, 7-5 win at #2 singles to give Brown a 3-2 lead, setting up the exciting finish.

Freshman Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) was tied at 4-4 in the third set at #5 singles and freshman Catherine Stewart (Sewickley, PA) was down, 6-5, in her third set at #6 singles. Flanzer lost the next two games, as Maryland tied the match at 3-3. Stewart held serve to tie her set at 6-6 and then won the tiebreaker, 7-4, to clinch the victory for Brown.

Brown returns to action on Saturday, March 14, when it hosts St. John's and Albany in a double header beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Brown 4, Maryland 3
Doubles
#1 B. Aboubakare/Herzberg (Brown) def. Miller/MacKeever (Maryland) 8-5
#2 Carissa Aboubakare/Mansur (Brown) def. Amir/Huschke (Maryland) 8-5
#3 Peters/Hansbrough (Maryland) def. Emily Ellis/Kathrin Sorokko (Brown) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2,3,1

Singles
#1 Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Eleanor Peters (Maryland) 6-1, 6-3
#2 Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Karin Lundmark (Maryland) 6-4, 7-5
#3 Michal Amir (Maryland) def. Sara Mansur (Brown) 6-2, 6-0
#4 Maggie MacKeever (Maryland) def. Tanja Vucetic (Brown) 6-2, 6-4
#5 Lisa Miller (Maryland) def. Julie Flanzer (Brown) 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4
#6 Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Jordan Hansbrough (Maryland) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
Order of Finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6