Houghton, Ahn Highlight Singles Play In Flushing




WEST POINT, N.Y. - In a tournament featuring some of the top tennis talent in the Northeast, juniors Anne Houghton and Jessica Ahn both made a run to the semifinal round of their respective singles flights, while freshman Erin Colton and Larraine Saavedra reach the semis in doubles play, to highlight Army's play at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational in Flushing, N.Y. A host of Black Knights also concluded play at the Lehigh Women's Team Tennis Challenge in Bethlehem, Pa., on Sunday.

Representing Army in the top flight, Houghton remained undefeated in two career matches against Syracuse's Emily Harman in the opening round. The Sewickley, Pa., native scored a straight-set win, 6-4, 6-1, over the Orange sophomore. Houghton went on to outlast Princeton's Melissa Saiontz in a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (5) decision in the quarterfinals before bowing to Sandhya Nagaraj of N.C. State, 7-5, 6-2, in the semis.

Ahn continued her stellar play this fall, cruising through the main draw for the third-straight tournament. The unseeded Ahn pulled-off an impressive upset when she ousted second-seeded Chloe Smith of N.C. State in a thrilling 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7) victory. The Forest Hill, Md., native proceeded to post a 7-5, 6-3 quarterfinal win over Columbia's Chelsea Davis before being eliminated by Samantha Gridley of Harvard in the semis, 6-3, 6-3. After the weekend, Ahn improved to 9-3 on the season to lead the Black Knights.

In doubles action, Colton and Saavedra blew through the Flight D bracket, opening the tournament with an 8-4 win over Ksenia Chernyshova and Jessica DeCarlos of Fairleigh Dickinson. The rookie pair advanced to the semis with an 8-2 quarterfinal triumph opposite Yagmur Gone and Emma Leibowicz of Binghamton. Despite a valiant effort from Colton and Saavedra, Brown's Julie Flanzer and Marisa Schonfeld knocked them out following a 9-7 defeat. Houghton teamed with senior Kristin Beehler to reach the Flight A quarterfinals. The duo defeated Syracuse's Harman and Christine Tang, 8-4.

Juniors Maria Casaletto, Michael Tollerton, Patricia Vollmer, Robie Verano and Jurelle Mendoza also competed in Flushing over the weekend. See below for complete results.

Shifting to action in the Lehigh Valley, Army joined Temple, Delaware and the host Mountain Hawks in a modified head-to-head competition at Lehigh's Goodman Campus. The Black Knights swept doubles and won three of six singles matches against Patriot League rival Lehigh on Sunday.

Sunday opened with singles play during which senior Paige Ford, junior Annie Hang and freshman Kari Pope each enjoyed a taste of victory against a conference opponent for the first time. Ford picked up her fifth win of the year with a 1-6, 6-2, 10-5 win over Lehigh's Julie Arthofer in the top flight. Hang defeated Lehigh's Liz Piscitelli with relative ease, 6-2, 6-2, in the second slot. Freshman Kari Pope posted her third career win, defeating Gena Levengood, 6-3, 3-6, 10-4, at No. 6.

Hang teamed with junior Audrey Hansen at No. 1 doubles, topping Arthofer and Piscitelli by an 8-6 score. Ford and freshman Morgen Kiser won 8-5 in the second flight, while Pope and fellow rookie Holly Pappafotis notched an 8-4 win at No. 3. 

The Black Knights played four singles matches against Temple on Saturday with the Owls going 4-0. Results against Delaware are not yet available.

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Invitational Results

Flights A Singles
(Round of 16) Anne Houghton (Army) def. Emily Harman (Syracuse), 6-4, 6-1
(Quarterfinals) Anne Houghton (Army) def. Melissa Saiontz (Princeton), 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (5)
(Semifinals) Sandhya Nagaraj (NC State) def. Anne Houghton (Army), 7-5, 6-2

Flight C Singles
(Round of 16) #2 Alex Kelleher (Boston College) def. Kristin Beehler (Army), 6-2, 6-2
(Consolation - Round 1) Kristin Beehler (Army) def. Ece Firat (St. John's), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
(Consolation - Quarterfinal) Yulia Smirnova (Binghamton) def. Kristin Beehler (Army), 6-4, 6-4

Flight D Singles
(Round of 16) #4 Carey Aboubakare (Brown) def. Maria Casaletto (Army), 6-0, 6-1
(Consolation) Charlotte Ezratty (unk.) def. Maria Casaletto (Army), 7-5, 0-6, 1-0 (6)
(2nd Consolation) Sarah Hoffman (Princeton) def. Maria Casaletto (Army), Wo (inj)

Flight E Singles
(Round of 16) #3 Illova Tana (NC State) def. Robie Verano (Army), 6-1, 6-0
(Consolation) Julianna Rodin (Penn) def. Robie Verano (Army), 6-1, 6-0
(2nd Consolation) Robie Verano (Army) def. Allison Haynes (Syracuse), 8-3

Flight F Singles
(Round of 16) Jessica Ahn (Army) def. #2 Chloe Smith (NC State), 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7)
(Quarterfinals) Jessica Ahn (Army) def. Chelsea Davis (Columbia), 7-5, 6-3
(Semifinals) Samantha Gridley (Harvard) def. Jessica Ahn (Army), 6-3, 6-3

Flight G Singles
(Round of 16) Louise Laciny (Harvard) def. Jurelle Mendoza (Army), 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (9)
(Consolation - Round 1) Jurelle Mendoza (Army) def. Leah Seyburn (Cornell), 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (7)
(Consolation - Quarterfinals) Julia Zak (Dartmouth) def. Jurelle Mendoza (Army), 6-7 (5), 7-6, 10-3

Flight H Singles
(Round of 16) Kirsten Kohagen (Cornell) def. Larraine Saavedra (Army), 6-0, 6-3
(Round of 16) Kate Sorokko (Brown) def. Patricia Vollmer (Army), 6-4, 7-5
(Round of 16) Leonora Slatnick (Rutgers) def. Michael Tollerton (Army), Wd (inj)
(Consolation - Round 1) Elizabeth Workman (Boston College) def. Larraine Saavedra (Army), 6-0, 6-3
(Consolation - Round 1) Patricia Vollmer (Army) def. Jessica DeCarlos (FDU), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (8)
(Consolation - Round 1) Jenny Yonkus (St. John's) def. Michael Tollerton (Army), Wd (inj)
(Consolation - Quarterfinals) Kristen Kohagen (Cornell) def. Patricia Vollmer (Army), Wo (inj)
(2nd Consolation) Larraine Saavedra (Army) def. Lucy Leopold (Columbia), 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
(2nd Consolation) Jessica DeCarlos (FDU) def. Michael Tollerton (Army), Wo (inj)

Flight A Doubles
(Round of 16) Anne Houghton/Kristin Beehler (Army) def. Christine Tang/Emily Harman (Syracuse), 8-4
(Quarterfinals)  #1 Carey Aboubakare/Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Anne Houghton/Kristin Beehler (Army), 8-1

Flight B Doubles
(Round of 16) Jesse Adler/Sarah Leonard (Dartmouth) def. Michael Tollerton/Robie Verano (Army), 8-6
(Consolation) Christine Ordoway/Leah Seyburn (Cornell) def. Michael Tollerton/Robie Verano (Army), 8-2

Flight D Doubles
(Round of 16) Erin Colton/Larraine Saavedra (Army) def. Ksenia Chernyshova/Jessica DeCarlos (FDU), 8-4
(Quarterfinals) Erin Colton/Larraine Saavedra (Army) def. Yagmur Gone/Emma Leibowicz (Binghamton), 8-2
(Semifinals) Julie Flanzer/Marisa Schonfeld (Brown) def. Erin Colton/Larraine Saavedra (Army), 9-7


Lehigh Women's Team Tennis Challenge Results

Army vs. Delaware (Saturday, Oct. 10)

Singles
1. Megan Doran (Delaware) def. Paige Ford (Army), 6-0, 6-1
2. Annie Hang (Army) def. Ivana Petrich (Delaware), 2-6, 6-2, 10-8
3. Montse Ripoll (Delaware) def. Audrey Hansen (Army), 6-3, 6-3
4. Samantha Carnall (Delaware) def. Morgen Kiser (Army), 6-0, 6-1
5. Amanda Halstrom (Delaware) def. Holly Pappafotis (Army), 6-1, 6-0
6. Kristen Mueller (Delaware) def. Kari Pope (Army), 6-2, 3-6, 10-7

Doubles
1. Petrich/Rippoll (Delaware) def. Annie Hang/Audrey Hansen (Army), 8-4
2. Carnall/Halstrom (Delaware) def. Paige Ford/Morgen Kiser (Army), 8-3
3. Doran/Mueller (Delaware) def. Holly Pappafotis/Kari Pope (Army), 8-1

Army vs. Temple (Saturday, Oct. 10)

Singles
1. Anastasia Rukavyshnykova (TU) def. Annie Hang,  6-3, 6-3
2. Lucie Pazderova (TU) def. Audrey Hansen, 6-2, 6-2
3. Josephine Bergman (TU) def. Holly Pappafotis, 6-0, 6-0
4. Mellana Cramer (TU) def. Kari Pope, 6-2, 6-2

Army vs. Lehigh (Sunday, Oct. 11)

Doubles
1. Annie Hang/Audrey Hansen (Army) def. Julie Arthofer/Elizabeth Piscitelli (LU) 8-6
2. Paige Ford/Morgen Kiser (Army) def. Patricia Muething/Stacey Reich (LU) 8-5
3. Holly Pappafotis/Kari Pope (Army) def. Kiera Murasko-Blank/Abbey Perl (LU) 8-4

Singles
1. Paige Ford (Army) def. Julie Arthofer (LU) 1-6, 6-2, 10-5
2. Annie Hang (Army) def. Liz Piscitelli (LU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Stacey Reich (LU) def. Audrey Hansen (Army) 6-3, 6-0
4. Patricia Muething (LU) def. Morgan Kiser (Army) 6-4, 6-0
5. Kiera Murasko-Blank (LU) def. Holly Pappafotis (Army) 7-5, 6-3
6. Kari Pope (Army) def. Gena Levengood (LU) 6-3, 3-6, 10-4

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