Women's Tennis Concludes Fall Season At ITA Regional, Brown Invite

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Senior Kristin Beehler and junior Anne Houghton's appearance to the round of 16 doubles, coupled with 14th-seeded Houghton's run to the round of 32 in singles, provided highlights for the Army women's tennis team at the Wilson/ITA Northeast Regional Tournament hosted by Yale over the weekend. The rest of the Black Knight players traveled to Providence, R.I., to take part in the Brown Invitational.

Sixty-four doubles teams and 128 singles players made up the main draws in one of the top fall tournaments in the area. Also qualifying to compete, junior Jessica Ahn and freshman Erin Colton joined Beehler and Houghton at the event, which will run through Tuesday's final matches.

All four Black Knights opened the tournament with Saturday's doubles main draw. Ahn and Colton drew a tough first-round opponent in fourth-seeded Denise Harajanto and Diana Popescu of Buffalo and were eliminated following an 8-3 defeat. Meanwhile, Houghton and Beehler recorded an 8-5 win over Connecticut's Alison Campitello and Kelley Lorusso in the round of 64 and later escaped the round of 32 with an 8-3 victory against Candyce Boney and Maude Lecluyse of Massachusetts. The pair saw its run cut short on Sunday in the round of 16, however, falling by an 8-4 score to eighth-seeded Monica Chow and Melissa Saiontz of Princeton.

Rewarded for being one of the top players in the region coming into the weekend, tournament officials awarded Houghton a No. 14 seed and first-round bye in the 128-player open singles bracket. The Sewickley, Pa., native made the most of her time and swiftly knocked Penn's Mollie Anderson out of the bracket with a 6-0, 6-2 win. Houghton faced No. 17 Magdalena Ploch of Massachusetts, who had eliminated Colton in the previous round, and came up on the short end of a back-and-fourth three-setter, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.

Beehler, Colton and Ahn all avoided the qualifying rounds and earned a spot in the main draw coming out of the gate. Ahn was the first Army player to go, falling in a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 decision to Penn's Emily Wolf on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Colton and Beehler both won their first-round matches. Colton came up with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Julia Prantl of Fairleigh Dickinson, while Beehler took care of FDU's Egzona Morina in a lopsided 6-2, 6-0 decision in the round of 128. Ploch eliminated Colton in the next round on Sunday, while Sarah Leonard of Dartmouth eliminated Beehler, 6-2, 6-1.

The remainder of Army's roster traveled to the Brown Invitational for a Saturday-Sunday tournament, which featured the host Bears along with Albany and Stony Brook. The Black Knights fielded two teams for the weekend - Army Black and Army Gold. Complete results from all matches during the head-to-head format are listed below.

The five-time defending Patriot League Champion Black Knights will take the next three months off from competition before beginning their spring slate on Jan. 31 at Dartmouth.

ITA Northeast Regional Results

(Round of 64) #4 Denise Harajanto/Diana Popescu (Buffalo) def. Jessica Ahn/Erin Colton (Army), 8-3
(Round of 64) Kristin Beehler/Anne Houghton (Army) def. Alison Campitello/Kelley Lorusso (UConn), 8-5
(Round of 32) Krstin Beehler/Anne Houghton (Army) def. #9 Candyce Boney/Maude Lecluyse (UMass), 8-3
(Round of 16) #8 Monica Chow/Melissa Saiontz (Princeton) def. Kristin Beehler/Anne Houghton (Army), 8-4

(Round of 128) Erin Colton (Army) def. Julia Prantl (FDU), 6-4, 6-2
(Round of 128) Kristin Beehler (Army) def. Egzona Morina (FDU), 6-2, 6-0
(Round of 128) Emily Wolf (Penn) def. Jessica Ahn (Army), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
(Round of 64) #14 Anne Houghton (Army) def. Mollie Anderson (Penn), 6-0, 6-2
(Round of 64) #17 Magdalena Ploch (UMass) def. Erin Colton (Army), 4-1 (ret. ill)
(Round of 64) #17 Sara Leonard (Dartmouth) def. Kristin Beehler (Army), 6-2, 6-1
(Round of 32) #17 Magdalena Ploch (UMass) def. #14 Anne Houghton (Army), 6-4, 0-6, 6-2


Army Gold vs. Stony  Brook

1. Gayatri Krishnan/ Anna Pieschl (Stony Brook) def. Michael Tollerton/Robie Verano (Army), 8-2
2. Jurelle Mendoza/Larraine Saavedra (Army) def. Aylin Mehter/Fanny Charliquart (Stony Brook), 8-6
3. Nini Lagvilava/Salome Mkervalidze (Stony Brook) def. Maria Casaletto/Kari Pope (Army), 8-3

1. Gayatri Krishnan (Stony Brook) def. Michael Tollerton (Army), 6-3, 6-4
2. Anna Pieschl (Stony Brook) def. Robie Verano (Army), 6-4, 6-1
3. Jurelle Mendoza (Army) def. Aylin Mehter (Stony Brook), 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
4. Fanny Charliquart (Stony Brook) def. Larraine Saavedra (Army), 6-4, 6-2
5. Nini Lagvilava (Stony Brook) def. Maria Casaletto (Army), 6-1, 6-1
6. Salome Mkervalidze (Stony Brook) def. Kari Pope (Army), 6-2, 7-5

Army Black vs. Albany plus Brown

1. Annie Hang/Audrey Hansen (Army) def. Laine Mackey/Aubrey Brooks (Albany), 8-2
2. Paige Ford/Morgen Kiser (Army) def. Caitlin Crowley/Sara Iannone (Albany), 8-5
3. Cate Stewart (Brown)/Melissa Coughlin (Albany) def. Patricia Vollmer/Holly Pappafotis (Army), 8-7(2)

1. Cate Stewart (Brown) def. Paige Ford (Army), 6-3, 6-1
2. Annie Hang (Army) def. Laine Mackey (Albany), 6-4, 6-2
3. Audrey Hansen (Army) def. Aubrey Brooks (Albany), 6-1, 6-4
4. Caitlin Crowley (Albany) def. Patricia Vollmer (Army), 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9)
5. Sara Iannone (Albany) def. Morgen Kiser (Army), 6-4, 6-2
6. Holly Pappafotis (Army) def. Melissa Coughlin (Albany), 7-5, 7-6(3)

Army Black vs. Stony Brook

1. Gayatri Krishnan/Anna Pieschl (Stony Brook) def. Annie Hang/Audrey Hansen (Army) 9-8(4)
2. Aylin Mehter/Fanny Charliquart (Stony Brook) def. Paige Ford/Morgen Kiser (Army) 8-6
3. Nini Lagvilava/Salome Mkervalidze (Stony Brook) def. Patricia Vollmer/Holly Pappafotis (Army) 8-2

1. Gayatri Krishnan (Stony Brook) def. Paige Ford (Army), 8-1
2. Anna Pieschl (Stony Brook) def. Annie Hang (Army), 8-6
3. Aylin Mehter (Stony Brook) def. Audrey Hansen (Army), 8-0
4. Patricia Vollmer (Army) def. Fanny Charliquart (Stony Brook), 8-4
5. Nini Lagvilava (Stony Brook) def. Morgen Kiser (Army), 8-1
6. Salome Mkervalidze (Stony Brook) def. Holly Pappafotis (Army), 8-1

Army Gold vs. Albany plus Brown

1. Michael Tollerton/Robie Verano (Army) def. Laine Mackey/Aubrey Brooks (Albany), 8-2
2. Jurelle Mendoza/Larraine Saavedra (Army) def. Caitlin Crowley/Sarah Iannone (Albany), 9-8(7)
3. Cate Stewart (Brown)/Melissa Coughlin (Albany) def. Maria Casaletto/Kari Pope (Army), 8-0

1. Cate Stewart (Brown) def. Michael Tollerton (Army), 8-3
2. Robie Verano (Army) def. Laine Macky (Albany), 8-4
3. Jurelle Mendoza (Army) def. Aubrey Brooks (Albany), 8-0
4. Caitlin Crowley (Albany) def. Larraine Saavedra (Army), 9-7
5. Maria Casaletto (Army) def. Sarah Iannone (Albany), 8-6
6. Kari Pope (Army) def. Melissa Coughlin (Albany), 8-2

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