Day 1 Results
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Two flights of doubles went for three rounds and four flights of singles went for one round in the opening day of the West Point Invitational held at Malek Courts on Friday, Sept. 27. The Black Knights found success in both double and single play with multiple wins in each flight.
Sophomore Eva Sung teamed with rookie Taler Brazell in the top doubles flight. The pair advanced to the second round of the main draw, dominating Bryant’s Marion Boullin and Ryan Brown in an 8-3 win before falling to Quinnipiac’s Sophie Dzulynsky and Jackie Raynor. Senior co-captain Jamila Paul and newcomer Brenna Keller enjoyed a bye in the first round and would move on to play against Albany’s tandem of Alba Sala and Rocio Lopez and Stony Brook’s duo of Louise Badoche and Nadia Smergut for 8-1 and 8-5 victories, respectively. The twosome will move on to the semi-final round on Saturday, and will be joined by sister team, Elle and Della Taylor. The Taylor sisters enjoyed success in Flight A after getting past round in on an injury default. The duo advanced to play Seton Hall’s Rocio Portel-Berrios and Chloe Sher (8-6) and Quinnipiac’s Rachel Horton and Sydney Young (8-2). Elle and Della found success in both matches and will continue play tomorrow.
Three Black Knights teams also experienced success in Flight B doubles in the opening day of competition. Senior Carly Riney and partner, sophomore Hayley O’Connor began with an 8-5 win over twosome Mirielle Hermans and Nicole Keklik from Albany. The tandem followed up with an 8-2 victory in round two before falling to Illinois’ Emily Barretta and Julia Jamieson, 8-2. Continuing in Flight B doubles, Sophomore Gabrielle Spindler teamed up with junior Mya Parker in which the duo enjoyed two rounds of triumph before falling to Fordham’s Della Genkina and Anika Novacek, 8-3. After a bye in round one, freshman pair, Allyson Hayley and Nan Porter topped two teams including Long Island team of Isabella Wagener and Nancy Zonneveld (8-4) and Quinnipiac’s Ariana Launie and Daniella Reyes. The Army pair will be the only home team to advance to the semi-finals round in the second doubles flight.
In the first singles bracket, four Black Knights will advance to round two, each coming away with a win on Friday. Sophomore Carolyn Pitman came away a straight set victory (6-2, 6-1) over Albany’s Cheryl Kukkonen. Paul also tabbed a 6-2, 6-1 win over Marist’s Sabrina Tahir and was followed by Della Taylor who topped Albany’s Lopez, 6-1, 6-2. Army’s Sung finished out Flight A with a fourth win for the Black Knights with a three set victory (6-0, 4-6, 10-2) over Marist’s Carly Pang.
Flight B saw two victories for the Black Knights with wins from Hayley (6-2, 6-2) over St. Peter’s Vanessa Vogel, and Spindler who saw a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Marist’s Callie Morlock. Each will move on to play in tomorrow’s matches.
Four wins derived from Flight C with wins from Riney, Porter, Gleason and O’Connor. Riney came out of round one with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bryant’s Lyan Juarbe. Porter moves fowared after a 6-2, 6-2 decision versus St. Peter’s Maggie Tooley, while Gleason surpasses Albany’s Pau Torres (7-6 (6), 6-3). O’Connor will also see round two after a win (6-1, 7-7(3) over Byrant’s Stephanie Smyers.
After a bye for Brazell and a win for sophomore Kelly Daniels, Flight D singles will be represented with two Army players in the second round of play. Brazell will go head-to-head with Seton Hall’s Anna Guryanova while Daniels will go up against Quinnipiac’s Kelsi Oliphant on Saturday.
Complete results from Friday’s action can be found by clicking the links above. Play resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will conclude with finals on Sunday at Malek Courts.