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Women's tennis nearly scores upset at Div. 1 Lehigh

Cecilia Grissa '08 won at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to pace the Bobcats.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Bates College women's tennis team nearly staged an upset in losing 4-3 at Division I Lehigh University on Sunday inside the Lewis Tennis Center.

The host Mountain Hawks evened their season record at 9-9 while Bates dropped to 4-8 while staying at 4-6 against Division III competition.

Bates senior Cecilia Grissa (Doylestown, Pa.) won in straight sets at No. 1 singles over Lehigh's Ariela Cohen, 7-5, 6-4, after teaming up with sophomore Alex Piacquad (Yardley, Pa.) to win 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Also winning for the Bobcats were junior Caryn Benisch (Huntington, N.Y.) at No. 3 singles and sophomore Jean Gulliver (Falmouth, Maine) at No. 6 singles. Senior Mallike Raghavan (Chappaqua, N.Y.) fell in three sets at No. 4 singles.

Bates continues its southern swing with a match at Swarthmore College tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Lehigh 4, Bates 3

1. Grissa/Piacquad (Bates) def. Reich/Cohen (LU) 8-4

2. Furman/Arthofer (LU) def. Benisch/Raghavan (Bates) 8-5

3. Vityuk/Murasko-Blank (LU) def. Fleming/Gulliver (Bates) 9-7


1. Cecilia Grissa (Bates) def. Ariela Cohen (LU) 7-5, 6-4

2. Julie Arthofer (LU) def. Alex Piacquad (Bates) 6-4, 6-4

3. Caryn Benisch (Bates) def. Ruthie Furman (LU) 6-2, 7-5

4. Victoria Vityuk (LU) def. Mallika Raghavan (Bates) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

5. Stacey Reich (LU) def. Liz Fleming (Bates) 7-5, 6-0

6. Jean Gulliver (Bates) def. Kiera Burasko-Blank (LU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-7