Kukkonen Wins Two Matches at Cornell Invitational

Cornell, N.Y. - Cheryl Kukkonen recorded two singles wins and combined with Elke Vromans for a doubles victory to lead the UAlbany women's tennis team at the Cornell Invitational. The competition was a three-day event from Friday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Sept. 16. The Great Danes saw action against the University at Buffalo and Cornell University. 

After advancing on Friday due to opponent illness in Flight A singles play, Kukkonen defeated Cornell's Christine Ordway in a three-set victory on Saturday. Winning the first set 6-4, the sophomore was then defeated 1-6 before rebounding for a 6-4 final set win to take the match. She was defeated in the third round by Cornell's Ryann Young, 1-6, 2-6.

In Flight B doubles competition Kukkonen paired up with freshman teammate Elke Vromans to defeat Buffalo's Laura Hernandez and Tamara Markovic, 8-3. The win gave the Great Danes third place in the Class B doubles bracket. Vromans had dropped a Flight A singles match to Markovic on Friday, 2-6, 3-6.

UAlbany freshman Cat Crummey came up just short in a three-set Flight B singles match against Cornell's Christy Kung. Crummey defeated Kung 6-2 in the first set before losing the second set in a 6-6 tiebreaker and the third set 2-6. Junior Rocio Lopez also took her opponent to three sets in a Friday Flight A singles match. Lopez lost 2-6, 6-4, 3-6 to Courtney Malinchak of Cornell.

The tournament showcased seven Great Danes in both doubles and singles. The team will travel to Poughkeepsie for the Marist Invitational on Friday, Oct. 5.

Flight A Singles

Ryann Young (CU) def. Mireille Hermans (UA) 6-0, 6-2
Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) def. Gopika Kapoor (UB) (ill.)
Courtney Malinchak (CU) def. Rocio Lopez (UA) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Tamara Markovic (UB) def. Elke Vromans (UA) 6-2, 6-3

Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) def. Christine Ordway (CU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Ryann Young (CU) def. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) 6-1, 6-2

Flight A Doubles

Frazier/O'Neil (CU) def. Kukkonen/Hermans (UA) 8-1
Tanenbaum/Turudic (CU) def. Lopez/Vromans (UA) (inj)

Flight B Singles

Christy Kung (CU) def. Cat Crummey (UA) 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1
Nina Turudic (CU) def. Sarah Iannone (UA) 6-1, 6-1

Flight B Doubles

Hernandez/Markovic (UB) def. Iannone/Crummey (UA) 8-4
Kung/Kohagen (CU) def. Vromans/White (UA)

3rd & 4th match: Kukkonen/Vromans (UA) def. Hernandez/Markovic (UB) 8-3