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Farrehi, Johnson Advance to Finals at ITA Regional Championships

Clara Farrehi
Clara Farrehi

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Clara Farrehi and Claire Johnson both advanced to the finals of their respective flight draws on Sunday at the 2019 ITA Southeast Regional Championships to highlight Sunday's results for the Haverford College women's tennis team. However, both players were denied in hard-fought 10-point tiebreak matches in what was an overall successful weekend for the team. Haverford finished its regional championship with a team record of 15 wins and 13 defeats.

After pulling out a thrilling 10-point tiebreak victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday night, Farrehi allowed just three games total to her opponent during a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dangney Markle of Wilkes. Playing her second tiebreaker in as many days, Farrehi was unable to replicate her results from the quarterfinal round, falling 10-7 in that tiebreak. She was up a set early after turning a five-all match into a 7-5 first set victory in her favor during "D" singles action.

Claire Johnson also advanced to the finals of the "E" draw as she easily dispatched Esha Kashmiri of Stevenson during her semifinal with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. After falling down a set in her championship match, Johnson came right back with a 6-2 win to even the match during the second set. However, Wilkes' Alexa Cieri was able to rebound and claimed the 10-point tiebreak by a 10-6 margin.

During the singles consolation matches, Emily Shutman was able to bounce back from her defeat against the No. 9 seed on Saturday and closed her tournament with back-to-back victories in championship singles. Shutman won a hard-fought 8-6 battle against Washington & Lee's Claire Lacksen in the opening round before being credited with a walkover victory against Hayley Bidwell of Franklin & Marshall. Also facing off against a Centennial Conference foe on Sunday was Isa Cossio who fell to Johns Hopkins' Emily Javedan in the consolation rounds of championship singles.

Starting off the day in doubles, Sarah Evenson and Ananya Prakash matched up with Alexa Cieri and Laura Zielinski of Wilkes, falling by a hard-fought 8-6 score during the semifinal round. Haverford's championship doubles pairing of Lisette Pham and Anne Tobin dropped an 8-2 consolation round match to Washington & Lee.

Women's tennis will wrap up the fall season this coming Saturday with its annual Alumni Match. That event will get underway at 12 p.m. noon on the Bettye Marshall Tennis Courts. The Fords will play the bulk of their schedule during the spring season as they are slated to open dual match play on Sunday, February 16 at The College of New Jersey.


Emily Shutman – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Lost vs. #9 Bin Zheng (Carnegie Mellon), 6-1, 6-0
Consolation 1: Won vs. Claire Lacksen (Washington & Lee), 8-6
Consolation 2: Won vs. Hayley Bidwell (Franklin & Marshall), retired

Isa Cossio – Championship Singles
Round of 64: Lost vs. Marta Mikos (Washington & Lee), 6-2, 6-0
Consolation 1: Lost vs. Emily Javedan (Johns Hopkins), 8-3

Lisette Pham – B Singles
Round of 16: Won vs. Madison Hutchins (Washington & Lee), 6-0, retired
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Grace Dignazio (Swarthmore), 7-5, 6-1

Clara Farrehi – D Singles
Round of 16: Won vs. Anna Rogers (Virginia Wesleyan), 6-0, 6-0
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Rachel Crawford (Bridgewater), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11-9)
Semifinals: Won vs. Dagney Markle (Wilkes), 6-2, 6-1
Finals: Lost vs. Katica Kotany (Sweet Briar), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7)

Natalie Williams – D Singles
Round of 16: Won vs. Julia Paraboschi (Arcadia), 7-5, 7-6 (4)
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Katica Kotany (Sweet Briar), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-1)

Claire Johnson – E Singles
Round of 16: Won vs. Malena Hoover (Bridgewater), 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Caroline Ulrich (Franklin & Marshall), 6-2, 6-1
Semifinals: Won vs. Esha Kashmiri (Stevenson), 6-0, 6-1
Finals: Lost vs. Alexa Cieri (Wilkes), 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)


Lisette Pham/Anne Tobin – Championship Doubles
Round of 32: Lost vs. #5 Kara Ferner/Johanna Ranta-aho (Christopher Newport), 8-0
Consolation 1: Lost vs. Taylor Garcia/Becket Waters (Washington & Lee), 8-2

Emily Shutman/Natalie Williams – B Doubles
Round of 16: Won vs. Kelsi Mentzer/Jenna Skove (Stevenson), 8-1
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Nicole Chu/Swati Yarlagadda (Johns Hopkins), 8-5

Isa Cossio/Clara Farrehi – B Doubles
Round of 16: Won vs. Alexandra Brewster/Christine Zalameda (Virginia Wesleyan), 8-1
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Ruth De-Souza/Emily Wandling (Sweet Briar), 8-2

Sarah Evenson/Ananya Prakash – C Doubles
Round of 16: Won vs. Nicole Badalyan/Makenna Sargis (Stevens), 8-6
Quarterfinals: Won vs. Lyric Hinton/Anna Rogers (Virginia Wesleyan), 8-5
Semifinals: Lost vs. Alexa Cieri/Laura Zielinski (Wilkes), 8-6

Anna Malkov/Liv Pindzola – C Doubles
Round of 16: Won vs. Juliette Marchisio/Gabriella Tantillo (Stevens), 8-3
Quarterfinals: Lost vs. Lauren Appel/Sarah Mueller (Randolph), 8-1