Jan. 25, 2014
ITHACA, N.Y. –The sophomore tandem of Julia Keenan (Greenland, N.H.) and Alex Landert (Naples, Fla.) will play for a title on Sunday after playing their way into the final of the B doubles flight by prevailing in their lone match on day two of the Cornell Winter Invitational.
For the second day in a row, Keenan and Landert were matched up against a team representing Army, the six-time reigning Patriot League champions. Having already ousted the Black Knights’ pair of Allyson Hayley and Nancy Porter in the quarterfinals, the two classmates followed up with a 6-4 victory over Margaret Iliev and Carly Riney to earn a spot in the championship match.
Keenan and Landert, who are now 3-1 as a team on the season, will take on a third Army duo in the final as Caroline Lorenzini and Haley O’Connor advanced past the Seton Hall tandem of Anna Guryanova (Moscow, Russia) and Julie Martiny (Brussels, Belgium) with a 6-2 win on Saturday.
The Hall also recorded two singles victories on the day, as both Chloe Sher (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong) and Madison Shoemaker (Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia) played their way into the semifinals of their respective flights by picking up their second win of the weekend.
Sher bounced Della Taylor (Army) from the main draw in straight sets, posting a 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory in A flight competition. In the B flight, Shoemaker dropped only three games in her match with Army’s Nan Porter – prevailing 6-2, 6-1 to register her 11th win in tournament-style play this season.
Both Sher and Shoemaker saw their runs halted in the semifinals as they fell to Cornell’s Marika Cusick and Lauren Frazier respectively.
Keenan, Landert and Hannah Liljekvist (Djursholm, Sweden) were also in action in the main draw, but fell in their first match of the day.
The Cornell Winter Invitational will conclude tomorrow, Sunday, January 26. In addition to the B flight doubles final, all members of the Pirates’ squad will compete in consolation singles competition.