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2001 CUNYAC Women’s Tennis Championship

Hunter Hawks Make History at the Tennis Center

Iris Antonescu

Flushing Meadows, NY - Hunter College won the school’s second consecutive CUNY Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center today, beating arch-rival Staten Island by a margin of ten points (51-41), scoring the most points in the tournament’s history.

Hunter, the regular season champions (8-6, 7-0 CUNYAC), were a dominant force in the two-day tournament, winning their way to nine flight finals, winning six of them. The Dolphins (8-3) played Hunter head-to-head in seven finales, with CSI coming out on top twice, in third and fourth singles.

“It was great to see the teamwork needed to win this tournament,” said Hunter head coach Jocelyn Cruz. “The new players stepped in and produced, allowing us to have a successful season.”

Staten Island, the 1998 & 1999 champions, was dealt a big blow to their title hopes when Dolphin senior Amanda Klein (Staten Island, NY) was forced to retire due to a knee injury. The two-time finalist won both her singles and doubles quarterfinal matches, but was unable to continue, leaving her Dolphins with a big hill to climb. Hunter Hawks Make History at the Tennis Center

“It’s a tough break,” said CSI head coach Bruce Knittle, who coached his twentieth CUNYAC tournament this weekend. “But we don’t make excuses. The credit goes to Hunter for winning the championship.”

At the first singles flight, it was a battle between two familiar foes, Hunter senior Iris Antonescu (Astoria, NY) and CSI junior Liza Dungo (Staten Island, NY). Two years ago, Antonescu topped Dungo in the #1 final, but an injured Antonescu missed out on the final last season, paving the way for Dungo to capture the title.

This time, Antonescu came out on top, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. “I lost focus in the first set, said Antonescu, who sports a 4-1 record over Dungo. “I’m known for doing that, I brought myself back up though and played smarter tennis. I tried to move her around more and slow down the pace. Liza likes balls with a lot of pace.”

Antonescu and #3 singles player Rachel Swygert (Las Vegas, NV) fell in the #1 doubles final, losing to Brooklyn’s duo of Anna Machkina and Jackie Kasser. The two Brooklyn natives won easily, 6-2, 6-3, leading the Bridges to a third place team finish with 26.

For the second straight year, junior Maureen McBride (Ridgefield, CT) was the standout player in the tournament, winning both number two flights, singles and doubles. In two seasons, McBride has never lost a match to a CUNYAC opponent, beating Baruch’s Barbara Boczkowska, 6-1, 6-2 in singles, raising her record to 16-0 on the season. McBride then teamed with sophomore Marilyn Penaco (Bronx, NY), who was battling elbow tendonitis all season, to beat CSI’s Dharma Musacchia and Giorgia Penso, 6-2, 6-3.

Speaking of Penso, a sophomore from Venice, Italy, beat Penaco in the fourth singles final 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in the most exciting match of the day. Musacchia, a junior from Brooklyn, NY, was CSI’s other victor, winning #3 singles over Hawk freshman Rachel Swygert (Las Vegas, NV), 6-2, 6-2.

Hunter swept the lower flights as junior Esther Montoro (Madrid, Spain) topped CSI’s Nadine Newbold 6-4, 6-2 at number five, while freshman SooJung Kim (Eureka, CA) defeated Miryam Qiunn-Doblas, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at number six. Kim later paired up with another newcomer Shirley Vargas (Bronx, NY) to take #3 doubles, 6-4, 6-3.

“She’s a very positive influence on the team,” said Cruz of Kim. “She’s a competitor that will definitely move up the ranks in the coming years.”

Final Team Scores

# School Scores
1      Hunter51
2      Staten Island41
3      Brooklyn26
4      Baruch17
5      CCNY15
6      John Jay14
7      Lehman13
8      NYC Tech6

Women's Tennis Results -October 19 & 20, 2001

Flight # 1 Singles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Iris Antonescu (Hunter) def. # 8 Naomi Palmer (NYCTC)Default
 # 2 Liza Dungo (CSI) def. # 7 Anna Machkina (Brooklyn)8-1
 # 4 Warunee Maikoksoong (J.Jay) def. # 5 Sherry A.Jenkins (Lehman)8-6
 # 6 Carolina Cabrera (Baruch) def. # 3 Evelyn Chang (CCNY)9-8 (7-5)
Semifinals
 # 1 Iris Antonescu (Hunter) def. # 8 Naomi Palmer (NYCTC)Default
 # 2 Liza Dungo (CSI) def. # 7 Anna Machkina (Brooklyn)8-1
Final
 # 1 Iris Antonescu (Hunter) def. # 2 Liza Dungo (CSI) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Flight # 2 Singles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Maureen McBride (Hunter) def. # 8 Keisha Kydd (NYCTC)8-0
 # 2 Amanda Klein (CSI) def. # 7 Latoya McCrea (John Jay)8-1
 # 3 Barbara Boczkowska (Baruch) def. # 6 Cristina Peralta (Lehman)8-0
 # 5 Jennifer Super (Brooklyn) def. # 4 Destani Spears (CCNY)8-2
Semifinals
 # 1 Maureen McBride (Hunter) def. # 5 Jennifer Super (Brooklyn)10-2
 # 3 Barbara Boczkowska (Baruch) def. # 2 Amanda Klein (CSI)Default
Final
 # 1 Maureen McBride (Hunter) def. # 3 Barbara Boczkowska (Baruch)6-1, 6-2
Flight # 3 Singles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Dharma Musacchia (CSI) def. # 8 Muriel Raymond (NYCTC)8-0
 # 2 Crista Gaye-Foster (CCNY) def. # 7 Helena Durst (Baruch)8-5
 # 3 Rachel Swygert (Hunter) def. # 6 Desirae Ross (Lehman)8-1
 # 5 Shakiema Pelzer (John Jay) def. # 4 Yolanda Hillocks (Brooklyn)8-6
Semifinals
 # 1 Dharma Musacchia (CSI) def. # 5 Shakiema Pelzer (John Jay10-1
 # 3 Rachel Swygert (Hunter) def. # 2 Crista Gaye-Foster (CCNY)11-9
Final
 # 1 Dharma Musacchia (CSI) def. # 3 Rachel Swygert (Hunter)6-2, 6-2
Flight # 4 Singles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Marilyn Penaco (Hunter) def. # 8 Jennifer Menjivar (NYCTC)8-0
 # 2 Giorgia Penso (CSI) def. # 7 Tania Kozlowska (Baruch)8-0
 # 3 Deonka Huggins (CCNY) def. # 6 Thao Nguyen (John Jay)8-1
 # 4 Ariana Weitzman (Brooklyn) def. # 5 Ariane Lalla (Lehman)8-2
Semifinals
 # 1 Marilyn Penaco (Hunter) def. # 4 Ariana Weitzman (Brooklyn)10-6
 # 2 Giorgia Penso (CSI) def. # 3 Deonka Huggins (CCNY)10-2
Final
 # 2 Giorgia Penso (CSI) def. # 1 Marilyn Penaco (Hunter)6-2, 5-7, 6-2
Flight # 5 Singles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Esther Montoro (Hunter) def. # 8 ByeBye
 # 2 Nadine Newbold (CSI) def. # 7 Omolara Obatola (NYCTC)8-0
 # 3 Sandra Rueda (CCNY) def. # 6 Syreeta Johnson (LC)8-2
 # 4 Elizabeth Mikhly (Bklyn) def. # 5 Mariya Tarassishina (Bar.)8-3
Semifinals
 # 1 Esther Montoro (Hunter) def. # 4 Elizabeth Mikhly (Bk)10-2
 # 2 Nadine Newbold (CSI) def. # 3 Sandra Rueda (CCNY)10-3
Final
 # 1 Esther Montoro (Hunter) def. # 2 Nadine Newbold (CSI)6-4, 6-2
Flight # 6 Singles Quarterfinals
 # 1 SooJung Kim (Hunter) def. # 8 ByeDefault
 # 2 Miryam Quinn Doblas (CSI) def. # 7 Julie Contreras (John Jay)8-0
 # 3 Dana Caputo (Brooklyn) def. # 6 Dolly Reyes (CCNY)8-4
 # 4 Kim Brown (Lehman) def. # 5 Liana Koroleva (Baruch)8-4
Semifinals
 # 1 SooJung Kim (Hunter) def. # 4 Kim Brown (Lehman)10-0
 # 2 Miryam Quinn Doblas (CSI) def. # 3 Dana Caputo (Brooklyn)10-3
Final
 #1 SooJungKim (Hunter) def. #2 Miryam Quinn Doblas (CSI)7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Flight # 1 Doubles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Lisa Dungo & Amanda Klein (CSI) def. # 8 Kelley Ferguson & Keisha Kydd (NYCTC)8-0
 # 2 Iris Antonescu & Rachel Swygert (Hunter) def. # 7 Carolina Cabrera & Tania Kozlowska (Baruch)8-1
 # 3 Warunne Maikaksoong & Alla Vedenskaya (John Jay) def. # 6 Evelyn Chang & Destani Spears (CCNY)9-8, 14-12
 # 5 Anna Machkina & Jackie Kasser (Brooklyn) def. # 4 Sherry Ann Jerkins & Desirae Ross (Lehman)8-2
Semifinals
 # 2 Iris Antonescu & Rachel Swygert (Hunter) def. # 3 Warunee Maikaksoong &Alla Vedenskaya (John Jay)10-6
 # 5 Anna Machkina & Jackie Kasser (Brooklyn) def. # 1 Liza Dungo & Amanda Klein (CSI)Default
Final
 # 5 Anna Machkina & Jackie Kasser (Brooklyn) def. # 2 Iris Antonescu & Rachel Swygert (Hunter)6-2, 6-3
Flight # 2 Doubles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Maureen McBride & Marilyn Penaco (Hunter) def. # 8 Naomi Palmer & Jennifer Menjivar (NYCTC)Default
 # 2 Dharma Musacchia & Giorgia Penso (CSI) def. # 7 Syreeta Johnson & Cristina Peralta (Lehman)8-0
 # 3 Barbara Boczkowska & Helena Durst (Baruch) def. # 6 LaToya McCrea & Shakiema Pelzer (John Jay)8-2
 # 4 Jennifer Super & Ariana Weitzman (Brooklyn) def. # 5 Crista Gaye-Forster & Deonka Huggins (CCNY)8-2
Semifinals
 # 1 Maureen McBride & Marilyn Penaco (Hunter) def. # 4 Jennifer Super & Ariana Weitaman (Brooklyn)10-5
 # 2 Dharma Musacchia & Giorgia Penso (CSI) def. # 3 Barbara Boczkowska & Helena Durst (Baruch)10-4
Final
 # 1 Maureen McBride & Marilyn Penaco (Hunter) def. # 2 Dharma Musacchia & Giorgia Penso (CSI)6-2, 6-3
Flight # 3 Doubles Quarterfinals
 # 1 Nadine Newbold & Miryam Quinn Doblas (CSI) def. # 8 Miriel Raymond & Omolara Obatola (NYCTC)8-0
 # 2 SooJung Kim & Shirley Vargas (Hunter) def. # 7 Katherine Smith & Bernice Pierre (CCNY)8-0
 # 3 Elizabeth Mikhly & Dana Caputo (Brooklyn) def. # 6 Sybil Olmo & Julie Contreras (John Jay)8-4
 # 5 Ariane Lalla & Kimberly Brown (Lehman) def. # 4 Mariya Tarassishina & Liana Koroleva (Baruch)8-6
Semifinals
 # 2 SooJung Kim & Shirley Vargas (Hunter) def. # 3 Elizabeth Mikhly & Dana Caputo (Brooklyn)10-4
 # 1 Nadine Newbold & Miryam Quinn Doblas (CSI) def. # 5 Ariane Lalla & Kimberly Brown (Lehman)11-10 (7-5)
Final
 # 2 SooJung Kim & Shirley Vargas (Hunter) def. # 1 Nadine Newbold & Miryam Quinn Doblas (CSI)6-4, 6-3
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