Lehigh Wins Three Titles At The Women's Flighted Tennis Championship

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Lehigh's Kristen Nowicki
Lehigh's Kristen Nowicki

Oct. 19, 2003

2003 Patriot League Women's Flighted Tennis Championship Bracket
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The host Lehigh Mountain Hawks used the home court to their advantage by winning three titles at the Patriot League Women's Flighted Tennis Championship held at LU's Goodman Campus. Defending champion Army is assured of two gold medalist, while American lays claim to one titleist.

In first singles action, 2003 Patriot League Player of the Year Katarina Kollarova of American defeated third-seeded Marissa Limsiaco of Army in the championship match, 7-6 (6), 7-5. Kollarova earned her spot in the final as she coasted by Bucknell's Veronica Brown, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals, while Limsiaco needed three sets to top Colgate's Jamie Maldow, 1-6, 6-2, 10-3.

Army's Melanie Bundoc and Ali del Moral, who were the top two seeds in the draw, advanced to the second singles final. However, due to time constraints, the championship match will be played at Army at a later date. Bundoc needed the minimum number of frames to dispose of Bucknell's Tanya Sichko (6-4, 6-2), while del Moral defeated Jessica Fede of Colgate (6-2, 6-4).

The third single final featured top-seeded Lyndsey Nott of Army claiming the title over Lafayette's Ali Kelley, 7-5, 7-5. Nott punched her ticket to the championship match with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Colgate's Rebecca Smalley. In her semifinal contest, Kelley toppled Bucknell's Chelsea Mills in three sets (6-1, 2-6, 11-9).

Francesca Murasko-Blank gave Lehigh its first title of the day with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Army's Christine Bicksler in the fourth singles final. Murasko-Blank also faced a Black Knight in the semifinals with a win over Kate Houghton (7-6 (3), 6-2). Bicksler made it to the championship match with a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Lehigh's Ashley Donohue.

The Mountain Hawks swept the doubles draw with Kristen Nowicki and Rachel Samson winning first pairs and the duo of Maria Anorga and Lindsay Long claiming the second doubles crown.

Nowicki and Samson topped the American tandem of Kollarova and Julia Colarusso, 8-4, in the final. Nowicki and Samson earned a spot in the championship with an 8-6 victory over fourth-seeded pair of Bundoc and Megan Noble of Army, 8-6. Kollarova and Colarusso upset second-seeded Limsiaco and del Moral of Army in an exciting 9-8 match.

The final draw of the day was second doubles where Anorga and Long defeated Colgate's Smalley and Lindsey Suffredini, 8-6. Anorga and Long gained a spot in the final with an 8-2 decision over Bucknell's Mills and Rebecca Kral, while the Colgate duo cruised to an 8-1 victory over Lafayette's Kelley and Stephanie Rosman.



Top Seeds (1. Katarina Kollarova, American; 2. Kristen Nowicki, Lehigh; 3. Marissa Limsiaco, Army; 4. Rachel Samson, Lehigh )
First Round Results:
Katarina Kollarova, American, Bye
Megan Noble, Army, def. Chez Saricas, Lafayette, 6-2, 6-3
Veronica Brown, Bucknell, def. Chloe Lipp, Colgate, 6-3, 6-2
Rachel Samson, Lehigh, Bye
Marissa Limsiaco, Army, Bye
Ashly Retlev, American, def. Lisa Fung-Kee-Fung, Lafayette, 6-0, 6-1
Jamie Maldow, Colgate, def. Rheanna Gaskin, Bucknell, 6-1, 6-2
Kristen Nowicki, Lehigh, Bye
Quarterfinal Results:
Katarina Kollarova, American, def. Megan Noble, Army, 6-2, 6-3
Veronica Brown, Bucknell, def. Rachel Samson, Lehigh, 6-4, 6-4
Marissa Limsiaco, Army, def. Ashley Retlev, American, 6-0, 6-2
Jamie Maldow, Colgate, def. Kristen Nowicki, Lehigh, 1-6, 6-3, (10-8)
Semifinal Results:
Katarina Kollarova, American, def. Veronica Brown, Bucknell, 6-2, 6-1
Marissa Limsiaco, Army, def. Jamie Maldow, Colgate, 1-6, 6-2, (10-3)
Final Result:
Katarina Kollarova, American, def. Marissa Limsiaco, Army, 7-6 (6), 7-5

Top Seeds (1. Melanie Bundoc, Army; 2. Ali del Moral, Army; 3. Gwen Dwyer, Lehigh; 4. Tanya Sichko, Bucknell)
First Round Results:
Melanie Bundoc, Army, Bye
Sheila Rao, Colgate, def. Monika Serrano, Lafayette, 6-1, 7-6 (7)
Maria Anorga, Lehigh, def. Tessa Hollyn-Taub, American, 7-5, 6-2
Tanya Sichko, Bucknell, Bye
Gwen Dwyer, Lehigh, Bye
Jessica Fede, Colgate, def. Sam Berthod, Bucknell, 7-5, 6-1
Ali del Moral, Army, Bye
Quarterfinal Results:
Melanie Bundoc, Army, def. Sheila Rao, Colgate, 7-5, 6-3
Tanya Sichko, Bucknell, def. Maria Anorga, Lehigh, 6-4, 6-1
Jessica Fede, Colgate, def. Gwen Dwyer, Lehigh, 6-3, 3-6, (10-7)
Ali del Moral, Army, def. Julia Colarusso, American, 6-2, 6-4
Semifinal Results:
Melanie Bundoc, Army, def. Tanya Sichko, Bucknell, 6-4, 6-2
Ali del Moral, Army, def. Jessica Fede, Colgate, 6-2, 6-4
Final Result:
To Be Played at Army

Top Seeds (1. Lyndsey Nott, Army; 2. Ali Kelley, Lafayette)
First Round Results:
Lyndsey Nott, Army, Bye
Rachael Honig, American, def. Danielle Bailey, Lafayette, 6-2,6-2
Rebecca Smalley, Colgate, def. Rebecca Kral, Bucknell, 6-1, 6-1
Starr Foster, Lehigh, Bye
Allison Stoloff, Colgate, Bye
Chelsea Mills, Bucknell, def. Leah Gaunt, Army, 6-1, 6-1
Lindsay Long, Lehigh, def. Kirsten Wegel, American, 6-3, 6-4
Ali Kelley, Lafayette, Bye
Quarterfinal Results:
Lyndsey Nott, Army, def. Rachael Honig, American, 6-2, 7-5
Rebecca Smalley, Colgate, def. Starr Foster, Lehigh, 6-3, 4-6, (10-7)
Chelsea Mills, Bucknell, def. Allison Stoloff, Colgate, 6-1, 6-1
Ali Kelley, Lafayette, def. Lindsay Long, Lehigh, 7-5, 6-4
Semifinal Results:
Lyndsey Nott, Army, def. Rebecca Smalley, Colgate, 6-1, 6-1
Ali Kelley, Lafayette, def. Chelsea Mills, Bucknell, 6-1, 2-6, (11-9)
Final Result:
Lyndsey Nott, Army, def. Ali Kelley, Lafayette, 7-5, 7-5

Top Seed (1. Lindsey Suffredini, Colgate)
First Round Results:
Lindsey Suffredini, Colgate, Bye
Christine Bicksler, Army, def. Brandi Kligman, American, 6-3, 6-2
Ashley Donohue, Lehigh, def. Kelly Porter, Bucknell, 6-1, 6-1
Meghan Fitzgerald, Lafayette, Bye
Emily Wenink, Colgate, Bye
Kate Houghton, Army, def. Brynne Ward, American, 6-1, 6-0
Francesca Murasko-Blank, Lehigh, def. Jill Merselis, Bucknell, 4-6, 6-3, (10-1)
Stephanie Rosman, Lafayette, Bye
Quarterfinal Results:
Christine Bicksler, Army, def. Lindsey Suffredini, Colgate, 6-4, 6-3
Ashley Donohue, Lehigh, def. Meghan Fitzgerald, Lafayette, 6-3, 6-3
Kate Houghton, Army, def. Emily Wenink, Colgate, 6-4, 5-7, (10-5)
Francesca Murasko-Blank, Lehigh, def. Stephanie Rosman, Lafayette, 6-4, 6-2
Semifinal Results:
Christine Bicksler, Army, def. Ashley Donohue, Lehigh, 6-0, 6-2
Francesca Murasko-Blank, Lehigh, def. Kate Houghton, Army, 7-6 (3), 6-2
Final Result:
Francesca Murasko-Blank, Lehigh, def. Christine Bicksler, Army, 6-2, 6-3

Top Seeds (1. Nowicki/Samson, Lehigh; 2. Limsiaco/del Moral, Army; 3. Brown/Sichko, Bucknell; 4. Bundoc/Noble, Army)
First Round Results:
Nowicki/Samson, Lehigh, Bye
Lipp/Wenink, Colgate, def. Retlev/Hollyn-Taub, American, 8-6
Saricas/Fung-Kee-Fung, Lafayette, def. Gaskin/Berthod, Bucknell, 8-4
Bundoc/Noble, Army, Bye
Brown/Sichko, Bucknell, Bye
Kollarova/Colarusso, American, def. Serrano/Pratt, 8-0
Rao/Maldow, Colgate, def. Dwyer/Foster, Lehigh, 8-3
Limsiaco/del Moral, Army, Bye
Quarterfinal Results:
Nowicki/Samson, Lehigh, def. Lipp/Wenink, 8-2
Bundoc/Noble, Army, def. Saricas/Fung-Kee-Fung, Lafayette, 8-0
Kollarova/Colarusso, American, def. Brown/Sichko, 8-2
Limsiaco/del Moral, Army, def. Rao/Maldow, Colgate, 8-4
Semifinal Results:
Nowicki/Samson, Lehigh, def. Bundoc/Noble, Army, 8-6
Kollarova/Colarusso, American, def. Limsiaco/del Moral, Army, 9-8
Final Result:
Nowicki/Samson, Lehigh, def. Kollarova/Colarusso, American, 8-4

No Seeds
First Round Results:
Fede/Stoloff, Colgate, Bye
Anorga/Long, Lehigh, def. Fitzgerald/Bailey, Lafayette, 8-2
Nott/Bicksler, Army, def. Kligman/Honig, American, 8-4
Mills/Kral, Bucknell, Bye
Ward/Wegel, American, Bye
Kelley/Rosman, Lafayette, def. Houghton/McGolerick, Army, 8-4
Smalley/Suffredini, Colgate, def. Donohue/Murasko-Blank, Lehigh, 8-6
Porter/Merselis, Bucknell, Bye
Quarterfinal Results:
Anorga/Long, Lehigh, def. Fede/Stoloff, Colgate, 8-2
Mills/Kral, Bucknell, def. Nott/Bicksler, Army, 8-6
Kelley/Rosman, Lafayette, def. Ward/Wegel, American, 8-0
Smalley/Suffredini, Colgate, def. Porter/Merselis, Bucknell, 8-3
Semifinal Results:
Anorga/Long, Lehigh, def. Mills/Kral, Bucknell, 8-2
Smalley/Suffredini, Colgate, def. Kelley/Rosman, Lafayette, 8-1
Final Result:
Anorg/Long, Lehigh, def. Smalley/Suffredini, Colgate, 8-6