Tennis Travels to Philly for Cissie Leary Invite at Penn

Tennis Travels to Philly for Cissie Leary Invite at Penn

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Singles Flight A (PDF)  |  Singles Flight B (PDF)  |  Doubles Flight (PDF)

– The University of Akron tennis team continues its fall competition schedule with a trip to Philadelphia this weekend to participate in the Cissie Leary Invitational, hosted by Penn. Matches will be played Friday-Sunday and be held on both the outdoor and indoor courts at the Hamlin Tennis Center and Levy Tennis Pavilion.

Including Akron and Penn, 16 schools will participate in the 16th-annual event. Also in the draw is Bowdoin, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Delaware, Drexel, Maryland, Penn State, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. John's, St. Joseph's, Temple and Yale. Players will compete in two singles and one doubles flight. Click the links at the top of this article to download the weekend draws in PDF format.

The Zips opened their season last weekend at the Muirfield Collegiate Tennis Invitational. The clay courts event, hosted by Ohio State, was held at The Country Club at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Senior Prang Pantusart, junior Ksenia Berestetska, and freshmen Madison Cohen and Signe Lazdina represented the Zips in the field, with Pantusart advancing herself to the singles main draw round of eight (32-player field).

The Cissie Leary Tournament will be held in honor of the late Cissie Leary, who passed away in November 1996 after a battle with scleroderma. Leary came to Penn in 1977 and had 16 teams with winning records in her 20 seasons coaching women's tennis. In 1982, Leary had one of her most successful seasons coaching as Penn claimed the EITA team championship. Her squad also completed five-straight undefeated seasons from 1981 through 1985. Leary was active in the local community, spending time with the Fight Against Drugs campaign for underprivileged children and the Greater Philadelphia Kidney Transplant Association.