Women's Tennis Wins Singles Flights at Hampton Roads

Junior Kari Pope

Junior Kari Pope

Oct. 9, 2011

Newport News, Va. - Army women's tennis wrapped up competition in Newport News, Va., at the Hampton Roads Collegiate Invite on Sunday afternoon, capturing two singles flights in the process. The Black Knights also continued play at the Billie Jean King Collegiate Invite at the U.S. Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

In Virginia, sophomore Carly Riney and junior Kari Pope won their respective singles brackets. Riney defeated Mary Washington's Cassie Bowman, 7-6, 7-6, and Howard's Anne Akhimien, 6-3, 7-6, to advance to the finals where she faced Navy's Noelle Kaufmann. After winning the first set 6-3, Riney battled to win the second set, 7-5.

Pope found herself behind in the quarterfinals, as Villanova's Amanda Nelson was ahead 2-6, 0-3 before retiring. The Army junior then knocked off Loyola's Jackie Lionetta, 6-1, 6-1, to advance to the finals. In the title match, Pope defeated Villanova's Annie Cognetti, 6-2, 6-0, to win the flight.

In New York, Della and Elle Taylor's run through the A Doubles bracket was halted in the semifinals as the Army duo fell to Erina Kikuchi and Jess Wasnik of Boston College, 8-1, for just their second loss of the fall season.

Sophomore Della Taylor's streak in the singles main draw also came to an end Sunday as she lost to Brown's Laura Wiley 6-3, 7-6(5) in the quarterfinals of the E Flight. Taylor rebounded with a consolation win over Taylor Hollander of Binghamton, 0-6, 6-4, 10-6.

Play at the U.S. Tennis Center is scheduled to continue through Monday afternoon. For the latest results from the USTA, click here.

Hampton Roads Collegiate Invite Results
Singles
Quarterfinal: Margaret Iliev (Army) def. Talia Johnson (Howard), 6-2, 1-6, 1-0
Semifinal: Gabby Winter (Navy) def. Margaret Iliev (Army), 6-4, 6-4
Third-Place Match: Margaret Iliev (Army) def. Allison Solderberg (Villanova), 6-3, 6-1

Quarterfinal: Carly Riney (Army) def. Cassie Bowman (MWU), 7-6, 7-6
Semifinal: Carly Riney (Army) def. Anne Akhimien (Howard), 6-3, 7-6
Final: Carly Riney (Army) def. Noelle Kaufmann (Navy), 6-3, 7-5

Quarterfinal: Ann Morris (W&L) def. Morgen Kiser (Army), 6-1, 6-1
Backdraw: Alex Ritter (MWU) def. Morgen Kiser (Army), 6-2, 6-1

Quarterfinal: Kari Pope (Army) def. Amanda Nelson (Villanova), 2-6, 0-3, ret.
Semifinal: Kari Pope (Army) def. Jackie Lionetta (Loyola), 6-1, 6-1
Final: Kari Pope (Army) def. Annie Cognetti (Villanova), 6-2, 6-0

Billie Jean King Collegiate Invite Results
B Singles
Backdraw: Jamila Paul (Army) def. Hanna Yu (Yale) , 7-6(7), 5-7, 10-7

D Singles
Backdraw: Emily Stein (Army) def. Diamond Adams (St. John's), 6-2, 6-3

E Singles
Quartefinal: Laura Wiley (Brown) def. Della Taylor (Army), 6-3, 7-6(5)
Backdraw: Della Taylor (Army) def. Taylor Hollander (Binghamton), 0-6, 6-4, 10-6

G Singles
Quarterfinal: Katarina Kovacevic (Columbia) def. Elle Taylor (Army), 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-7

H Singles
Backdraw: Larraine Saavedra (Army) def. Nuria Vails, 6-3, 6-0

I Singles
Backdraw: Alyssa Gleason (Army) def. Devynn Sarver (Saint Francis), 6-0, 6-0

A Doubles
Semifinal: Erina Kikuchi and Jess Wasnik (Boston College) def. Della Taylor/Elle Taylor (Army), 8-1

C Doubles
Backdraw: Balasa/Balsamo (Rutgers) def. Parker/Paul (Army), 8-2

D Doubles
Backdraw: Allen/Stein (Army) def. Arias/Guryanova (Seton Hall), 8-4

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