October 15, 2008

Bears Win Four Flights at the USTA NTC Women's College Invitational

Oct. 15, 2008

FLUSHING, NY – Led by sophomore Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA), who captured the #1 doubles flight with younger sister Carissa and advanced to the finals of the #1 singles flight, the Bears had a strong weekend of competition at the USTA NTC Women’s College Invitational. In addition to the Aboubakare sisters winning the #1 doubles flight, freshman Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) won the #2 singles flight, junior Emily Ellis (Ft. Worth, TX) won the #7 singles flight, and freshman Catherine Stewart (Sewickley, PA) won the #8 singles flight, defeating senior Brett Finkelstein (North Caldwell, NJ) in the finals.

The Bears were impressive across the board, starting with the older Aboubakare in the #1 singles flight. She defeated three Ivy opponents, including Yale’s Janet Kim, the 2008 Ivy Player of the Year, 7-6 (3), 6-1, in the semifinals. Aboubakare eventually fell in the finals, 6-4, 6-2, to Lana Krasnopolsky of Boston College.

In #2 singles, Herzberg upset the #1-seeded player in the bracket, Wake Forest’s Sierra Poske, in the first round, winning 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1. She then went on to earn three straight-set victories against opponents from the Ivy League, defeating Yale’s Jessie Rhee to capture the #2 singles title.

Senior Sara Mansur (Houston, TX) went 2-1 in the #3 singles bracket, while freshman Carissa Aboubakare (Orange, CA) was 2-1 in the #4 singles bracket. Freshman Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) was also 2-1, playing in the #5 singles bracket.

The Bears also captured titles in the #7 singles bracket, which saw Ellis defeat opponents from Cornell, Penn, and Dartmouth, all in straight sets, before earning a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Anna Dushkina of Purdue in the finals.

Brown had two players advance to the finals of the #8 singles flight, as Stewart earned a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Finkelstein in the final match. To advance to the finals, Stewart earned wins over players from NC State, Boston College, and Columbia, while Finkelstein defeated players from Cornell, Yale, and Army.

In doubles action, Brown had its best flight with the Aboubakare sisters winning the #1 flight, teaming up to earn victories over teams from Boston College, Cornell, Rutgers, and Texas A&M.

The team of Herzberg and Mansur went 2-1 in the #2 flight, while Ellis and junior Kathrin Sorokko (Douglaston, NY) was 2-1 in the #3 flight. Stewart and freshman Jennifer Lee (Sudbury, MA) was also 2-1 for the weekend, playing in the #4 flight.

Complete Brown Results
#1 Singles
Round of 16 - Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Molly Scott (Dartmouth) 6-1, 6-0
Quarterfinals - Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Holly Cao (Harvard) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Semifinals - Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Janet Kim (Yale) 7-6 (3), 6-1
Finals - Lana Krasnopolsky (Boston College) def. Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) 6-4, 6-2

#2 Singles
Round of 16 - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Sierra Poske (Wake Forest) 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1
Quarterfinals - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Natasha Makarova (Columbia) 6-2, 6-2
Semifinals - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Laura Peterzan (Harvard) 7-6 (5), 6-1
Finals - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Jessie Rhee (Yale) 7-5, 6-1
Consolation First Round - Simone Kalhorne (Syracuse) def. Kathrin Sorokko (Brown) 6-1, 6-4
2nd Consolation Semifinals - Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) def. Kathrin Sorokko (Brown) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8

#3 Singles
Round of 16 - Sara Mansur (Brown) def. Ryan Reichel (Dartmouth) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
Quarterfinals - Lindsay Clark (Yale) def. Sara Mansur (Brown) 6-3, 6-4
Consolation Quarterfinals - Sara Mansur (Brown) def. Julia Prantl (FDU) 6-7 (3), 6-1, 10-1

#4 Singles
Round of 16 - Carissa Aboubakare (Brown) def. Samantha Rosekrans (Harvard) 6-1, 7-5
Quarterfinals - Stevi Petrelli (Yale) def. Carissa Aboubakare (Brown) 6-2, 6-1
Consolation Quarterfinals - Carissa Aboubakare (Brown) def. Jennifer Rabot (Purdue) 3-6, 6-2, 10-7

#5 Singles
Round of 16 - Julie Flanzer (Brown) def. Lisa Wilkinson (Winthrop) 6-3, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Lauren Ritz (Yale) def. Julie Flanzer (Brown) 6-0, 7-5
Consolation Quarterfinals - Julie Flanzer (Brown) def. Alley Majercik (Iowa) 6-2, 6-4

#6 Singles
Round of 16 - Alina Sullivan (Boston College) def. Tanja Vucetic (Brown) 7-5, 6-7, 6-4
Consolation First Round - Sandra Herrera (Winthrop) def. Tanja Vucetic (Brown) 2-6, 6-3, 10-4
2nd Consolation Semifinals - Tanja Vucetic (Brown) def. Jurelle Mendoza (Army) 7-5, 6-2

#7 Singles
Round of 16 - Emily Ellis (Brown) def. Katharine Duboc (Cornell) 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinals - Emily Ellis (Brown) def. Daniela DePauli (Penn) 6-1, 6-1
Semifinals - Emily Ellis (Brown) def. Ashley Mitchell (Dartmouth) 6-4, 7-5
Finals - Emily Ellis (Brown) def. Anna Dushkina (Purdue) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

#8 Singles
Round of 16 - Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Pender Sessoms (NC State) 6-2, 6-0; Brett Finkelstein (Brown) def. Leah Seyburn (Cornell) 6-3, 6-4
Quarterfinals - Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Jackie Mabatah (Boston College) 6-2, 6-2; Brett Finkelstein (Brown) def. Lilian Nguyen (Yale) 6-0, 6-0
Semifinals - Catherine Stewart (Brown) def. Eliza Matache (Columbia) 6-0, 7-5; Brett Finkelstein (Brown) def. Jess Ahn (Army) 6-2, 6-0

#1 Doubles
Round of 16 - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Cash/Cherkasov (Boston College) 8-5
Quarterfinals - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Kent/Sanchez (Cornell) 8-5
Semifinals - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Holzberg/Zaretser (Rutgers) 8-1
Finals - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Davidson/Frank (Texas A&M) 8-2

#2 Doubles
Round of 16 - Martin/Wooten (Purdue) def. Herzberg/Mansur (Brown) 8-5; Kalhorne/Spicer (Syracuse) def. Finkelstein/Vucetic (Brown) 8-6
Consolation First Round - Herzberg/Mansur (Brown) def. Klockenga/Majercik (Iowa) 8-3; Gridley/Rosekrans (Harvard) def. Finkelstein/Vucetic (Brown) 8-6
Consolation Quarterfinals - Herzberg/Mansur (Brown) def. Santacroce/Turpin (Texas A&M) 8-3
2nd Consolation Semifinals - Abutovic/Wilkinson (Winthrop) def. Finkelstein/Vucetic (Brown) 8-3

#3 Doubles
Round of 16 - Petrelli/Rhee (Yale) def. Ellis/Sorokko (Brown) 9-7
Consolation First Round - Ellis/Sorokko (Brown) def. Herrera/Pereira (Winthrop) def.
Consolation Quarterfinals - Ellis/Sorokko (Brown) def. Googe/Miller (Cornell) 8-3

#4 Doubles
Round of 16 - Ivey/Tran (Rutgers) def. Lee/Stewart (Brown) 8-2
Consolation First Round - Lee/Stewart (Brown) def. Ford/Haynes (Syracuse) 8-4
Consolation Quarterfinals - Lee/Stewart (Brown) def. Poggensee-wei/Young (Iowa) 8-3