The Princeton women’s tennis team sent a delegation to University of Pennsylvania on Friday to compete at the Cissie Leary Invitational. Seniors Sivan Krems and Alanna Wolff, Junior Sara Goodwin, and sophomore Catalina Vives represented the Tigers during a weekend characterized by a combination of resounding wins and heartbreaking losses.
On the first day, Krems carried the team’s spirits with a singles win in the Flight A draw, defeating Temple University’s Galina Chernykh 6-4, 7-6(6). Wolff, Vives, and Goodwin fell in their singles first-round matches. Vives’ match was a close battle against freshman Renee Ren of Columbia. Vives took the first set 6-4, lost the second 5-7, and lost the tiebreak by two points.
The doubles team of Goodwin and Vives, playing one-set matches, lost its first main-draw round to University of Pennsylvania and its consolation round to Penn State.
On Saturday, Vives, Goodwin, and Wolff began consolation play in singles. Vives, playing another close match, came out victorious after winning the tiebreak 10-5 against Ananya Dua of Cornell. Goodwin also emerged as the victor of a tight match, beating OJ Singh of Penn 10-4 in the tiebreak.
Both Vives and Goodwin carried the momentum into the consolation quarterfinals. The former defeated Irina Preotescu of St. John’s University, once again 10-5 in the tiebreak. Goodwin won the first set against Taylor Shukow of Penn State and took the match when her opponent retired due to injury.
Meanwhile on Day 2 of the tournament, Krems lost her Round of 16 match to Jessica Livianu of St. John’s and her consolation match against Dasha Sapogova of Penn State. Wolff lost her first consolation match against Rima Asatrian of Columbia.
On Day 3, Krems and Vives grabbed wins to finish the tournament strong. Krems won in straight sets against Penn’s Luba Vazhenina, 6-2, 6-2. Vives, playing after taking all of her previous matches to a deciding tiebreak, enjoyed a straight-sets win against Sarah Hall of the University of Delaware. Wolff and Goodwin lost tight consolation matches, each losing by three points in the tiebreak.
The other six players, who did not travel to the University of Pennsylvania, played at the North Carolina State Wolfpack Invitational last weekend.
Up next for the Tigers is the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Oct. 14–16.