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SJU tennis makes it to Cissie Leary quarterfinal

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The doubles partners of junior Diamond Adams and freshman Amber Washington and senior Nevena Selakovic led the St. John’s women’s tennis team to the quarterfinal round this past weekend at the Cissie Leary Invitational in Philadelphia.

Adams and Washington opened doubles flight play with a win over University of Pennsylvania’s Kasia Jania and Jaime Yapp-Shing 8-6 and then went on to defeat Cornell’s Courtney Malinchak and Lauren Michaels 8-6 in the round of 16. The duo’s run was cut short by eventual doubles finalists Amber Li and Hanna Yu of Yale in quarterfinals 8-2.

After dropping her first round match, Washington took the flight “C” singles consolation championship by winning four straight matches, including the final where she defeated Drexel’s Nicole Pivonka 6-4, 6-2.

In the top singles flight, Selakovic bounced Dena Tanenbaum of Cornell 6-3, 6-1 in the round of 32 to set up a matchup against Annie Sullivan of Yale. After Selakovic took the first set 7-5, Sullivan came back to take the second 6-3 and final set 10-3.

The St. John’s women’s tennis team will return to action this weekend, Sept. 28-30, for the annual USTA Women’s College Invitational at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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