Kirsten Ackerman takes flight in the Marist Invitational


The Marist Invitational featured a few local players.  Jessica Macaluso of Siena (formerly Shenendahowa) played the “B” Flight where she lost to Marielle Campbell of host Marist 6-2, 4-6, 10-4.  Jessica lost the match in match tiebreaker despite winning more games.  Campbell also beat Sarah Ionnone of U Albany 6-0, 6-4.

Cherly Kukkonen of U Albany lost in the “A” Flight to Adina Halagian 6-7 (5) 6-4, 12-10.  Marisela Aviles of Providence beat Livia Gherman of U Albany 6-3, 6-2 in the last “A” Flight matchup.  Kirsten Scott of U Albany lost her “B” Flight match to Karen Ramirez of Providence 6-3, 6-4.  Gherman and Kukkonen won their “A” Flight doubles first round 8-0 over Livingston and Williams of St. Peters.  Avilles and Bernandez of Providence beat the pair in the next round 8-0.  Brooke and Iannone took an opening match win in the “B” doubles by taking out Halaglan and Enon-Janssen of St. Peter’s 9-7.   They won the finals over Ahlborn and Foley 8-6.

In the “C” Flight Kirsten Ackerman (Marist/Guilderland) lost just 5 games in opening day wins over Haftford’s Jessica Galik 6-0, 6-2 and Aubrey Brook of U Albany 6-2, 6-1.  On Day 2, Kirsten kept up her winning ways with a 6-4, 5-7, 10-6 victory over Taylor Ahlborn of Providence and a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Caitlin Foley, also of Providence.  The victory over Foley made her the “C” Flight Champion.

Cassie Brazz of Siena lost her “D” Flight singles match to Ali Carnal of Providence 6-2, 6-4.  Jennifer Galante of Siena lost to Christie Greenberg of Hartford 6-4, 6-2.  Rachel Drake of U Albany started out with a win over Jessica Nowogrodzki 6-2, 6-3, before losing to Betta Dewitt of Providence 6-0, 6-0.

Jasleen Sandhu (Siena/Shaker) won her first round match over Alex Livingston of St. Peter’s 6-1, 7-6 (2).  In the second round she lost to Abby Liu of Hartford 6-1, 6-2.  Nicole Ross of Siena (formerly Shaker) lost to Caitlin Foley of Providence 6-1, 6-1.  Holloway and Braz of Siena lost their “B” Flight doubles to Tahir and Campbell of Marist 8-2.  Ackerman and Lewis of Marist lost in the “C” Flight Doubles to Siena’s Benfer and Filip.  Benfer and Filip then went on to beat Grbelja and Vogel of St. Peter’s 8-2.  Scott and Drake of U Albany took their first round match against a Marist team of O’Donovan and Macaluso (that’s Joanne Macaluso of Stormville, NY – not to be confused with Jessica).  The score was 8-3.  Siena’s Macaluso and Crill defeated Nowoarodzki and Garma of St. Peter’s 8-1 to set up a match win Scott/Drake.   Scott and Drake took the local bragging rights with a 9-8 (2) win.  In the other semi final Dewitt and Carnal of Providence beat Scott and Drake 8-2.

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