Aboubakare Sisters In ITA Regional Doubles Quarterfinals

Oct. 27, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Brown sophomore Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) and her younger sister, freshman Carissa Aboubakare (Orange, CA) have advanced to the quarterfinals in the ITA Regional Championships, hosted by Penn. In addition, Bianca has won both of her singles matches so far and is slated to compete in Monday's round of 16.

Seeded seventh in singles action, the older Aboubakare had a bye for the first round, before defeating Virginia Tech's Holly Johnson, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the second round. Aboubakare advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ivy rival Jessie Rhee of Yale. She will face 10th-seeded Pamela Duran of Richmond in Monday's round of 16.

Freshman Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) was Brown's other representative in singles action and she advanced to the round of 16 with two victories. Herzberg earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Georgetown's Michelle Brown in the first round, before upsetting 17th-seeded Klaudyna Kasztelanice, of William & Mary, in the second round, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. Herzberg then faced her second straight seeded opponent in the third round, falling 6-0, 6-3 to Princeton's Lauren McHale, the 16th seed.

In doubles action, the Aboubakare sisters won three straight matches to advance to Monday's quarterfinals. Seeded fifth in the tournament, they defeated Gray and Cutchin of George Mason in the first round, 8-1. Next up was Harvard's Rose and Peterzan, whom they defeated, 8-4. They then defeated Princeton's Saiontz & McHale, 8-2, in the Round of 16 and will face Buffalo's Harijanto and Popescu in the quarterfinals.

Brown also had two players and two doubles teams competing in qualifying rounds, but none of the four advanced into the main draw. Senior Sara Mansur (Houston, TX) dropped her first match to Ryan Reichel of Dartmouth, 6-3, 7-5. Carissa Aboubakare also competed in the singles qualifying rounds, but fell to Maryland's Lisa Miller, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in her first match.

In doubles action, Brown's team of juniors Emily Ellis (Ft. Worth, TX) and Kathrin Sorokko (Douglaston, NY) dropped their first match to Beerman and Blakely of Virginia Tech, 8-5. Mansur and Herzberg defeated Marshall's Lock and Kellner, 8-0, in their first round, but fell to Yale's Brooke and Petrelli, 8-3, in their next round.

Complete Brown Results
Main Draw Singles
First Round - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Michelle Brown (Georgetown) 6-3, 6-1; Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) - Bye
Second Round - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Klaudyna Kasztelanice (William & Mary) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2; Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Holly Johnson (Virginia Tech) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Third Round - Lauren McHale (Princeton) def. Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) 6-0, 6-3; Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Jessie Rhee (Yale) 6-0, 6-1

Main Draw Doubles
First Round - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Gray/Cutchin (George Mason) 8-1
Second Round - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Rose/Peterzan (Harvard) 8-4
Round of 16 - Aboubakare/Aboubakare (Brown) def. Saiontz/McHale (Princeton) 8-2

Qualifying Singles
First Round - Ryan Reichel (Dartmouth) def. Sara Mansur (Brown) 6-3, 7-5; Lisa Miller (Maryland) def. Carissa Aboubakare (Brown) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Qualifying Doubles
First Round - Beerman/Blakely (Virginia Tech) def. Ellis/Sorokko (Brown) 8-5; Mansur/Herzberg (Brown) def. Lock/Kellner (Marshall) 8-0
Second Round - Brooke/Petrelli (Yale) def. Mansur/Herzberg (Brown) 8-3