Sala and Torres Lead Women’s Tennis at Cornell Fall Invitational

 

ITHACA, N.Y..- The University at Albany women’s tennis team kicked off the fall season at the Cornell Fall Invitational last weekend, posting an overall record of 15-15 over the course of the three-day event.

“This was a good showing for our first tournament,” said head coach Gordon Graham. “We competed well and our newcomers provided some spark against great competition.”

Freshmen Alba Sala and Paulina Torres highlighted the tournament for UAlbany, opening the first-round draw in Flight C with two victories. Sala defeated Sara Perelman of Cornell (6-2, 6-2) and Torres downed Laura Chitu of Binghamton (6-3, 6-4).

Torres went on to the semifinal to beat Miarian Prim of Lehigh (6-1, 6-3), before falling in three sets to Ellen Folkers of Cleveland State (5-7, 7-5, 6-4).

Torres also made an appearance in the Flight A doubles draw with sophomore Cathryn Crummey. The pair lost 8-4 to Akron.

In Flight B doubles, Sala and junior Cheryl Kukkonen won the draw, defeating Cornell 8-4 in the semifinals and Binghamton 8-5 in the final.

The Great Danes continue their fall schedule at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships at Army in West Point, N.Y., next weekend.

RESULTS:

FLIGHT A SINGLES

MAIN DRAW:

Marika Cusick (Cornell) def. Kirsten Scott (UA) 6-0,6-0

Lauren Golick (Cleveland St.) def. Rocio Lopez (UA) 6-4,6-2

CONSOLATION:

Katya Medianik (Binghamton) def. Scott (UA) 6-1,6-2

Lopez (UA) def. Jenai Bilimoria (Lehigh) 6-3,4-6,1-0 (10-8)

FLIGHT B SINGLES

MAIN DRAW:

Sara Kohtz (Binghamton) def. Cheryl Kukkonen (UA) 6-2,6-0

Victoria Bensimon (Cleveland St.) def. Cat Crummey (UA) 6-4,3-6,1-0 (10-7)

CONSOLATION:

Mathilde Orange (Cleveland St.) def. Kukkonen (UA) 6-1,6-2

Kukkonen (UA) def. Bensimon (Cleveland St.) 6-2,6-4

Lauren Frazier (Cornell) def. Kukkonen (UA) 4-6,6-4,1-0 (10-7)

FLIGHT C SINGLES
MAIN DRAW 1st ROUND:

Paulina Torres (UA) def. Laura Chitu (Binghamton) 6-3,6-4

Alba Sala (UA) def. Sara Perelman (Cornell) 6-2,6-2

Ellen Folkers (Cleveland St.) def. Mireille Hermans (7-5,6-2)

MAIN DRAW QUARTERFINALS:

Torres (UA) def. Marian Prim (Lehigh) 6-1,6-3

Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Sala (UA) 6-3,4-6,1-0 (10-6)

MAIN DRAW SEMI-FINALS:

Folkers (Cleveland St.) def. Torres (UA) 5-7,7-5,6-4

CONSOLATION:

Hermans (UA) def. Kyja Kutnick (Cornell) 6-1,6-3

Sala (UA) def. Jess Graham (Lehigh) 6-1,6-2

Hermans (UA) def. Marta Bereja (Akron) 6-1,6-2

Torres (UA) def. Kara Sherwood (Cleveland St.) 6-4,6-1

Sara Perelman (Cornell) def. Hermans (UA) 5-7,6-2,1-0 (11-9)

Caroline Harpainter (Akron ) def. Sala (UA) 6-4,6-1

FLIGHT A DOUBLES:

MAIN DRAW 1st ROUND:

Golick-Sherwood (Cleveland St.) def. Lopez-Scott (UA) 8-4

Shkundina-Newnes (Akron) def. Crummey-Torres (UA) 8-4

CONSOLATION:

Lopez-Scott  (UA) def. Bilimoria-Cruz (Lehigh) 8-3

Lopez-Scott (UA) def. Prim-Graham (Lehigh) 8-2

Cohen-Harpainter (Akron) def. Torres-Hermans (UA) 8-2

Torres-Hermans (UA) def. Farell-Larazza (Lehigh) 8-4

Torres-Hermans (UA) def. Bensimon-Orange (Cleveland St.) 8-3

FLIGHT B DOUBLES:

MAIN DRAW SEMI-FINALS:

Sala-Kukkonen (UA) def. Kutnick-Perelman (Cornell) 8-4

MAIN DRAW FINALS:

Sala-Kukkonen (UA) def. Medianik-Brodsky (Binghamton) 8-5