PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel women's tennis team opened its fall schedule over the weekend, competing at the Cissie Leary Invitational at nearby Penn. Drexel got off to a competitive start for 2012-13, earning good victories in both singles and doubles play.
The Dragons' weekend was highlighted by the play of doubles partners Marcela Rosales and Zeynep Mafa. The pair advanced to the Round of 16 in the main doubles draw. On Friday, they put together an 8-5 victory over Akron's Ksenia Berestetska and Signe Lazolina. They followed that up by defeating Maryland's Sarah Gealar and Mikele Irazusta in the Round of 32 by an idential 8-5 score. The run for Rosales and Mafa ended with a defeat at the hands of Yale's Amber Li and Hanna Yu, a tightly-contested 8-7 (4) match.
In her first action with the Dragons, Erin Bowsher had a successful weekend. After losing her first-round singles match 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-6 to Madison Cohen of Akron, Bowsher rebounded to advance to the semifinals of the consolation draw, defeating Kendra Spencer-Cole of St. John's and teammate Emma Brook before falling to fellow Dragon Nicole Pivonka, who in turn advanced to the draw finals before falling to Amber Washington. Pivonka had defeated Delaware's Dorothy Safron to reach her semifinal match up with Bowsher.
The women will continue their fall season next weekend, remaining in Philadelphia for the Saint Joseph's Invitational. That is set to begin Friday and run through Sunday.