WEST POINT, N.Y. - Fifth-seeded junior Jessica Ahn pulled out a three-set decision in the semifinals of the main draw of No. 3 singles to advance to Sunday's championship finals, while No. 6 seed Erin Colton reached the semifinals of the second singles flight to highlight host Army's performance the second of the three-day Eastern Women's Tennis Championships being held at Malek Courts and Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
Ahn opened the day's competition with a one-sided 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal win over FDU's Julia Prantl at third singles to advance to the semifinals where she was pressed to three sets after yielding just four points in her first six sets. The native of Forest Hill, Md., fell 6-3 in the opening set to Rhode Island's Tristany Leikem but rallied to win the next two, 6-4 and 10-7, to advance to Sunday's championship finals where she faces top seed Emil Harman of Syracuse.
Colton enjoyed a solid day at No. 2 singles flight where she pulled out hard fought wins in her first two matches. The sixth-seeded freshman from Davie, Fla., rallied past Long Island's Aleksandra Paulovic behind a third set 10-7 win after splitting the first two, 6-4, 4-6. Colton then upset third seeded Rachel Cantor of Quinnipiac in straight sets in the quarterfinals after being pressed to a 7-6 (4) win in the first set, then wrapped up the match with a 6-0 decision to advance to the semifinals where she fell to second seeded Julija Korshunova of FDU, 6-1, 6-3.
Army had two doubles team advance to the quarterfinals of the main brackets. The duo of Michael Tollerton and Robie Verano, seeded third at No. 1 flight, blanked Fairfield's team 8-0 in the second round to advance to the quarterfinals where they lost a tough 8-5 decision to Duquesne's Erin Conroy and Megan O'Sullivan. At No. 2 flight, Army's third-seeded tandem of Kristin Beehler and Audrey Hansen pressed the Syracuse's Tori Ford and Jacquelynn Tang in the quarterfinals before going down to a 9-7 defeat.
Seventh-seeded Paige Ford advanced to the quarterfinals of the main draw of fourth singles where she fell to Binghamton's Baska Gone (6-1, 6-3) after pulling out a three-set 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 win over Cornell's Leah Seyburn in the second round. Freshman Kari Pope reached the consolation quarterfinals at No. 4 singles flight where she suffered a hard fought 8-5 defeat to Seton Hall's Courtney Kilarskifals.
The three-day tournament concludes Sunday with matches beginning at 9 a.m. at Malek Courts (weather permitting) and Lichtenberg Tennis Center.
1st Singles Main
Selma Babic (Long Island) def. (1) Anne Houghton (Army), 6-2, 6-3
2nd Singles Main
(6) Erin Colton (Army) def, Aleksandra Paulovic (Long Island), 6-4, 4-6, 10-7
(6) Erin Colton (Army) def. (3) Rachel Cantor (Quinnipiac), 7-6 (4), 6-0
(2) Julija Korshunova (FDU) def. (6) Erin Colton (Army), 6-1, 6-3
3rd Singles Main
(5) Jessica Ahn (Army) def. (3) Julia Prantl (FDU), 6-2, 6-2
(5) Jessica Ahn (Army) def. Tristany Leikem (Rhode Island), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7
4th Singles Main
Basak Gone (Binghamton) def. (7) Paige Ford (Army), 6-1, 6-3
4th Singles Consolation
Courtney Kilarski (Seton Hall) def. Kari Pope (Army), 8-5
1st Doubles Main
Erin Conroy/Megan O'Sullivan (Duquesne) def. (3) Michael Tollerton/Robie Verano (Army), 8-5
2nd Doubles Main
Tori Ford/Jacquelynn Tang (Syracuse) def. (3) Kristin Beehler/Audrey Hansen (Army), 9-7