Upset Bid Falls Short For Ahn In Finals




WEST POINT, N.Y. - Junior Jessica Ahn's bid to take the third singles title was spoiled on Sunday, as she dropped a tough 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 decision to Syracuse's Emily Harman in the finals of the 2009 Eastern Championship tournament at West Point. Rain forced all of Sunday's final matches to be played indoors at Army's state-of-the-art Lichtenberg Tennis Center.

The fifth seeded Ahn had enjoyed a solid run to Sunday's final, having defeated Lisanne Steinert (Quinnipiac), Julianne Kasinow (Sacred Heart), #3 Julia Prantl (Fairleigh Dickinson) and Tristany Leikem (Rhode Island) leading up to the title match. Ahn won the first three in straight sets, while taking a three-set victory against Leikem in the semis. The finals unfolded in a similar manner, as Harman and Ahn battled through three intense sets that eventually resulted in a 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 victory for the Syracuse sophomore. Harman entered the tournament as the top-seeded player at No. 3 singles.

Ahn represented the only Army player to survive through Sunday out of a main bracket. With nearly 30 teams visiting West Point for the tournament, the players opted for several back draws during which the Black Knights enjoyed much success in the doubles game. All back draws were played using eight-game pro sets. To view complete results, please visit the link above.

The Black Knights return to the court at a pair of events in two weeks. Some players will take part in the prestigious National Tennis Center Invitational (Oct. 9-11), played at the renowned Billie Jean Kind Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. A handful of other players will head south to the Lehigh Valley to compete in the Lehigh Fall Invitational (Oct. 10-11) along with Delaware, Temple and the host Mountain Hawks.

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