Women's Tennis Falls To #41 Pennsylvania
By ODU Athletics
Feb. 20, 2003
Philadelphia, PA -- The Old Dominion women's tennis team fell to 1-4 on the year with a 1-6 loss to the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania over the weekend. Freshman Kerstin Endlich picked up the lone Lady Monarch point with a victory at No. 3 singles. Endlich defeated Raluca Ciulei, 6-3, 7-6 (8) for the point.
At No. 1 singles, #14 Alice Pirsu upset fifth ranked Nataly Cahana (Qiriat Bialik, Israel) in three sets, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-5. Freshman Maretha Van Niekerk dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 2 singles to Nicole Ptak. Senior Julia Sotiriu (Wendelstein, Germany) lost to Sanela Kunovac, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. The Quakers' Shelah Chao upended freshman Coralie Herrmann (Porrentruy, Switerzland), 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles, while freshman Verena Munzinger fell, 6-2, 6-3 to Carolina Stanislawski at No. 6 singles.
The Lady Monarchs won at No. 1 doubles, however the Quakers took the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The Old Dominion duo of Cahana and Van Niekerk picked up the win, 8-4 over Upenn's tandem of Ciulei and Pirsu.
The Lady Monarchs will return to action on Friday, February 21st against another Ivy League opponent in Darthmouth in Newport News, VA.
#1 #14 Alice Pirsu (Upenn) def. #5 Nataly Cahana (ODU): 6-2, 6-7 (2), 7-5 #2 Nicole Ptak (Upenn) def. Maretha Van Niekerk (ODU): 6-3, 6-3 #3 Kerstin Endlich (ODU) def. Raluca Ciulei (Upenn): 6-3, 7-6 (8) #4 Sanela Kunovac (Upenn) def. Julia Sotiriu (ODU): 6-0, 6-1 #5 Shelah Chao (Upenn) def. Coralie Herrmann (ODU): 6-4, 6-4 #6 Caroline Stanislawski (Upenn) def. Verena Munzinger (ODU): 6-2, 6-3
Doubles: #1 Nataly Cahana/Maretha Van Niekerk (ODU) def. Raluca Ciulei/Alice Pirsu (Upenn): 8-4 #2 Sanela Kunovac/Shelah Chao (Upenn) def. Julia Sotiriu/Coralie Herrmann (ODU): 8-1 #3 Nicole Ptak/Raluca Ciochina (Upenn) def. Kerstin Endlich/Verena Munzinger: 8-1