PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Five Columbia women’s tennis individuals and two Lions doubles teams advanced to the championship quarterfinal rounds Friday at the 21st annual Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational.


With seven quarterfinal berths, Columbia tied host Penn for the most championship quarterfinal berths earned. The two Ivy League schools registered more quarterfinal berths than each of the other nine schools.  In the Singles B tournament alone, Columbia has four of the eight quarterfinalists still alive in championship play.

The updated tournament bracket is posted here.


In Singles Flight A, first-year Jennifer Kerr advanced to the quarterfinal round by earning a bye, then winning her second round contest.


In Singles Flight B, four Lions advanced to quarterfinal action including senior Adi Milstein, first-year Sarah Rahman, junior Andrea Kevakian and sophomore Ali Pollack. Each won two matches or won one match with a bye.


In Doubles A action, first-year Christie Wan and senior Adi Milstein advanced to the quarterfinal round, while sophomore Renee Ren and junior Andrea Kevakian are in the second round in the Doubles B championship play after a bye.


Columbia’s complete results with scores are listed below.


Competition will continue tomorrow and Sunday at the Hecht (Levy) Tennis Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The invitational will feature two flights of singles and two flights of doubles in double elimination format. All players are guaranteed three matches, while each doubles pair is guaranteed two matches. Individuals and doubles pairs representing nine different schools will compete in the event including Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, host Penn, Penn State, Princeton, Richmond, St. John’s, Temple.


First contested in 1997, the Cissie Leary Invitational honors the memory and legacy of Cissie Leary, head women’s tennis coach at Penn from 1977-96. Leary guided the Quakers to 16 winning seasons, compiling a career record of 229-119. In 1995, her team was 16-7 overall, 6-1 in the Ivy League and advanced to the NCAA East Regional. Leary passed away in November, 1996 following a long battle with scleroderma. The tournament has been held every year since in her honor.


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Hecht (Levy) Tennis Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.


Singles Flight A

Jennifer Kerr (Col) advanced to second round on bye

Alina Aburakhmova (Temple) def. Sarah Hu (Co) 6-4, 6-3

Christie Wan (Col) def. Jaide Collins (St. John’s) 6-1, 6-0

Emily Dunbar (Richmond) def. Paulina Ferrari (Col) 6-1, 6-3


Jennifer Kerr (Col) def. Hanna Wikberg (Penn State) 6-1, 6-1 (Quarterfinal Berth)

Kristina Titova (Temple) def. Christie Wan (Col) 6-3, 2-6, 10-7

Owens (Richmond) def. Sarah Hu (Col) 6-3, 6-3

Paulina Ferrari (Col) def. Svarre (Penn State) 6-4, 6-2


Singles Flight B

Adi Milstein (Col) advanced to second round on bye

Sarah Rahman (Col) def. Irina Preotescu (St. John’s) 3-6, 6-0, 10-5

Andrea Kevakian (Col) def. Cecilia Castelli (Temple) 6-1, 6-2

Ali Pollack (Col) def. Hannah Kratky (Penn State) 6-0, 6-2


Adi Milstein (Col) def. Alice Patch (Temple) 6-2, 6-1 (Quarterfinal Berth)

Sarah Rahman (Col) def. Marija Curnic (Penn) 1-6, 6-2, 10-7 (Quarterfinal Berth)

Andrea Kevakian (Col) def. Clary Rodriguez (Drexel) 6-0, 6-0 (Quarterfinal Berth)

Ali Pollack (Col) def. Cheyenne Lilienthal (Cornell) 6-4, 7-5 (Quarterfinal Berth)


Doubles Flight A

Giffenig/Marshall (Richmond) def. Jennifer Kerr/Paulina Ferrari (Col) 7-5

Christie Wan/Adi Milstein (Col) def. Kristina/Khon (Temple) 6-2 (Quarterfinal Berth)


Doubles Flight B

Sarah Hu/Ali Pollack, lost

Renee Ren/Andrea Kevakian advanced to second round on bye (Quarterfinal Berth)