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Mancini and West in Semifinals of Top Doubles Draw at SJU Fall Invitational

Oct. 1, 2011

Tournament Central

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--The tandem of sophomore Mikelle Mancini (Salt Lake City, Utah) and freshman Sydney West won their first two matches in the Flight 1 doubles draw at the SJU Fall Invitational on Friday afternoon, advancing the pair of the semifinals of this weekend's tournament hosted by Saint Joseph's on the Maguire and Finnesey courts.

Mancini and West, now 4-1 on the season as doubles partners, won both of their matches on Friday afternoon in strong fashion. They took down Katherine Charchalis and Austin Denesuk of Lafayette by an 8-1 count in the first round and then defeated Samantha Carnall and Christina Harrington of Delaware by an 8-3 margin in the quarterfinals.

Only doubles matches were played on Friday and the tournament will pick up again on Saturday morning with both doubles and singles matches on the schedule. In the Flight 1 doubles semifinals Mancini and West will take on Zeynep Mafa and Marcela Rosales of Drexel.

Senior Allison Solberg (Holmes Beach, Fla.) teamed with freshman Kate Pettee to go 1-1 in the Flight 1 doubles bracket. They defeated Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom and Dorothy Safron of Delaware in a close 8-6 match in the first round before being overpowered, 8-2, by Kirsten Leikem and Tristany Leikem from Rhode Island in the quarterfinals.

Two other doubles pairs competed for the Wildcats in the Flight 2 doubles draw. Sophomore Amanda Nelson (Sudbury, Mass.) and freshman Aurora McQuade won their first match in a tiebreaker, advancing past Kate Dowd and Jenna Procyk from the host Hawks by a final of 9-8 (4). In the quarterfinals, Nelson and McQuade were knocked out in another tiebreaker, 9-8 (2), by the Drexel duo of Aysenil Orhon and Mel Reyes.



Senior Alexandra Harding (Westhampton, N.Y.) and sophomore Anne Cognetti (Waverly, Pa.) were defeated in the first round of Flight 2 doubles competition, 8-1, by a Saint Joseph's pair of Nicole Esposito and Kelly Mulquin. They went on to the Flight 2 consolation draw, where Harding and Cognetti were beaten in the second round of the bracket, 8-6, by Lafayette's Lucy Bass and Alison Dally.

In the Flight 1 singles draw on Saturday morning Mancin will play Pam Emery (Rhode Island) at 9 a.m. on the Maguire courts. On those courts at 10:30 a.m., Solberg faces Carnall.

West and Nelson are both playing Flight 2 singles, Harding and Pettee are scheduled for Flight 3 and both McQuade and Cognetti play in Flight 4.

See below for complete Villanova results from Friday as well as the schedule for Saturday.

Hosted by Saint Joseph's
September 30 - October 2


Mikelle Mancini/Sydney West (Villanova) defeated Katherine Charchalis/Austin Denesuk (Lafayette), 8-1
Mikelle Mancini/Sydney West (Villanova) defeated Samantha Carnall/Christina Harrington (Delaware), 8-3

Allison Solberg/Kate Pettee (Villanova) defeated Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom/Dorothy Safron (Delaware), 8-6
Kirsten Leikem/Tristany Leikem (Rhode Island) defeated Allison Solberg/Kate Pettee (Villanova), 8-2

Semifinals: Mikelle Mancini/Sydney West (Villanova) vs. Zeynep Mafa/Marcela Rosales (Drexel)


Amanda Nelson/Aurora McQuade (Villanova) defeated Kate Dowd/Jenna Procyk (Saint Joseph's), 9-8 (4)
Aysenil Orhom/Mel Reyes (Drexel) defeated Amanda Nelson/Aurora McQuade (Villanova), 9-8 (2)

Nicole Esposito/Kelly Mulquin (Saint Joseph's) defeated Alexandra Harding/Anne Cognetti (Villanova), 8-1
Lucy Bass/Alison Dally (Lafayette) defeated Alexandra Harding/Anne Cognetti (Villanova), 8-6


Mikelle Mancini (Villanova) vs. Pam Emery (Rhode Island) - 9 a.m. at Maguire
Allison Solberg (Villanova) vs. Samantha Carnall (Delaware) - 10:30 a.m. at Maguire


Sydney West (Villanova) vs. Laura Matz (Saint Joseph's) - 9 a.m. at Maguire
Amanda Nelson (Villanova) vs. Lucy Bass (Lafayette) - 10:30 a.m. on Finnesey


Alexandra Harding (Villanova) vs. Kelly Mulquin (Saint Joseph's) - 9 a.m. at Maguire
Kate Pettee (Villanova) vs. Alex Bell (Drexel) - 9 a.m. at Finnesey


Aurora McQuade (Villanova) vs. Lauren Gibbons (Lafayette) - 10:30 at Finnesey
Anne Cognetti (Villanova) vs. Kate Dowd (Saint Joseph's) - 10:30 at Maguire