Sept. 22, 2006


HAMDEN, Conn. - The Bucknell women's tennis squad began its second tournament of the fall Friday at the Quinnipiac Invitational. Four Bison singles players, including a pair in Flight B, advanced to Saturday's second round, while three doubles teams won matches as well. 

Tania Varela (Quito, Ecuador/Alliance Academy) and Renee Weissand (Honeoye, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) moved on in Flight B singles. Varela picked up her second victory of the season, defeating Army's Kristin Beehler in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Weissand picked up her first collegiate victory when she dropped Veronika Gerka of Seton Hall in a three-set tiebreaker, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, (10-8).

Kirstyn Sotak (Beechwood, Ohio/Hathaway Brown) beat Stony Brook's Shaina Murugan in a tiebreaker, 6-1, 5-7 (10-4), which moved her to the next round of the Flight D singles, while Paulina Gamboa (Mexico City, Mexico/Greengates School) moved on to the second round in Flight A singles after Paula Rodolfi, also of Stony Brook, retired due to injury.

In Flight A doubles, Ashley Globerman (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown) and Varela beat Joy Adewumi and Barbara Couto from UMBC, 8-5, while Carlin Calcaterra (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale) and Gamboa dropped Fairleigh Dickinson's Korsunoua and Small, 8-3. Rounding out the first day of competition was JoAnna Grossman (Florham, N.J./Hanover Park) and Tiffany Card (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank Regional) defeating Veronika Gerka and Liza Chu in Flight B doubles, 8-3.

Bucknell was one of the most successful squads in the eight-team field during Friday's competition, winning 7 of 12 matches. 

Day two of the Quinnipiac Invitational will continue Saturday, Sept. 23, beginning at 9 a.m.