PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Senior Adi Milstein and first-year Christie Wan teamed to win the Flight A Doubles championship and three Lions women’s tennis players advanced to singles semifinals Saturday at the 21st annual Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational. Competition will continue Sunday at the Hecht (Levy) Tennis Center on the University of Pennsylvania campus.


Milstein and Wan won four straight matches to capture the Flight A Doubles championship. Milstein and Wan won three consecutive matches on Saturday for the title, defeating Drexel’s Benhadi and Bunch 7-6 (3) in the title match. The duo also defeated Cornell’s Sha/Ilinuma 7-6 (3) and Penn State’s Svarre/Wikberg 6-2.


Three Lions also advanced to singles semifinals including first-year Jennifer Kerr (Singles Flight A), senior Adi Milstein (Singles Flight B) and junior Andrea Kevakian (Singles Flight B). A variety of other Lions players also experienced success this weekend. Columbia’s complete results with scores are listed below.

Invitational draws through Saturday are listed at this link.


The invitational features 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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Saturday, September 23, 2017

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


Singles Flight A

Jennifer Kerr (Col) def. Marta Kowalska (Penn) 7-6 (5), 6-4 (Semifinal Berth)

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

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

Paulina Ferrari (Col) def. Kuar (Temple) 1-6, 6-1, 10-6

Christie Wan (Col) def. Ilinuma (Cornell) 6-3, 5-7, 10-7

Sarah Hu (col) def. Ziouti (Drexel) 6-1, 6-1


Singles Flight B

Adi Milstein (Col) def. Sara Goodwin (Penn) 6-2, 6-3 (Semifinal Berth)

Nathalie Rodilosso (Princeton) def. Sarah Rahman (Col) 6-4, 2-6, 10-6

Andrea Kevakian (Col) def. Jennifer Richards (Penn) 6-1, 4-6, 10-4 (Semifinal Berth)

Lina Qostal (Penn) def. Ali Pollack (Col) 6-4, 6-4


Doubles Flight A

Adi Milstein/Christie Wan (Col) def. Svarre/Wikberg (Penn State) 6-2 (Quarterfinals)

Adi Milstein/Christie Wan (Col) def. Sha/Ilinuma (Cornell) 7-6 (3) (Semifinals)

Adi Milstein/Christie Wan (Col) def. Benhadi/Bunch (Drexel) 7-6 (3) (Championship)


Doubles Flight B

Renee Ren/Andrea Kevakian (Col) def. Quostal/Richards (Penn) 6-0

Owens/Haynes (Richmond) def. Renee Ren/Andrea Kevakian (Col) 7-6

Sarah Hu/Ali Pollack (Col) def. Rosales/Ramirez (Richmond), N/A

Dua/Elhorn (Cornell) def. Sarah Hu/Ali Pollack (Col) 6-2


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)