PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—The Columbia women’s tennis team will compete in its second fall invitational this weekend when it travels to Philadelphia for the 21st annual Cissie Leary Memorial Invitational. The event will take place Friday, Saturday 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.

Draws for the invitational are posted here.


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.


Eight Columbia individuals and four doubles teams will compete in the weekend invitational. In the Flight A singles tournament, first-year Jennifer Kerr (first-round bye), junior Sarah Hu, first-year Christie Wan and first-year Paulina Ferrari are among the 30 competitors. Competing in the 30-player Flight B singles competition are senior Adi Milstein, first-year Sarah Rahman, junior Andrea Kevakian and sophomore Ali Pollack. In Flight A Doubles, the teams of Kerr/Ferrari and Wan/Milstein will both compete in the 16-member tournament, while Flight B Doubles will feature the Columbia teams of Hu/Pollack and first-year Renee Ren/Kevakian (first-round bye).


Check back at for updates at the conclusion of each day.



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


Singles Flight A

Jennifer Kerr

Sarah Hu

Christie Wan

Paulina Ferrari


Singles Flight B

Adi Milstein

Sarah Rahman

Andrea Kevakian

Ali Pollack


Doubles Flight A

Jennifer Kerr/Paulina Ferrari

Christie Wan/Adi Milstein


Doubles Flight B

Sarah Hu/Ali Pollack

Renee Ren/Andrea Kevakian