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April 10 • 2014
lexandra D'Ascenzo and
Cornell University appear to
be a perfect match.
and a male tennis player each year for
Even though she's a freshman,
their tennis accomplishments, sports-
D'Ascenzo is one of the top players on
manship and achievements off the
the Big Red women's tennis team.
Academic courses are "challenging
and a lot of work:' the West Bloomfield
resident said, but she expected that at
It hasn't taken long for Ian Kobernick
an Ivy League institution. She's studying to make an impact on the Kalamazoo
College baseball team.
"I couldn't be happier; D'Ascenzo
The freshman outfielder from
said. "Coming to Cornell was the right
Huntington Woods was batting .391
decision for me:"
through 14 games for the Hornets with
D'Ascenzo was 8-2 in singles and 7-1 in seven RBI, four runs scored and two
doubles as of late last week. She was 2-0
at No. 2 singles and 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Kobernick had a big game March
Her doubles record included a 5-1
30 in Kalamazoo's come-from-behind
mark at No. 1 doubles with fellow fresh- 6-5 win over Michigan Intercollegiate
man and good friend Marika Cusik
Athletic Association foe Alma in 10
from Hinsdale, Ill.
Among their wins was an 8-3 victory
With his team down 5-3 in the bot-
over West Virginia's Kaja Mrgole and
tom of the 10th, Kobernick launched
Oana Malone, the Mountaineers' top
a three-run rally with a single to right
two singles players.
"(Marika and I) know each other's
After a strikeout, Jake Aliotta's
mental attitudes, so we know how to
double down the left field line scored
help each other on the court. We just
have fun together; D'Ascenzo told the
An error, bunt, single and fielder's
Cornell Daily Sun student newspaper
choice brought in two more runs and
after the match.
gave Kalamazoo (5-9, 3-3) the thrilling
D'Ascenzo and Cusik have been
friends for about 10 years. They met
Earlier, Kobernick had an RBI single
on the Midwest summer tennis circuit
in the fifth.
and played doubles together before they
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder is a
went to college.
Berkley High School graduate.
About a month after D'Ascenzo com-
mitted to Cornell in September 2012,
Cusik made the same decision.
Register early for the spring Kenny
Goldman Basketball League at the
"I can't say that Marika chose Cornell
Jewish Community Center in West
because I had committed to come here,
Bloomfield and $30 will be knocked off
but I'm sure it was part of her decision:'
Early-bird fees are $110 for JCC mem-
D'Ascenzo has achieved a national
bers and $140 for non-members. They
collegiate ranking in doubles, but it isn't
must be paid by April 13. After that
Sophomore Dena Tanenbaum from
date, fees will be $140 and $170.
First practices are April 27 and first
Manasquan, N.J., and D'Ascenzo
games are May 4. Playoffs are June 9-12
are ranked No. 51 in doubles by the
Intercollegiate Tennis Association
and championship games are June 15.
because they made the A bracket finals
To sign up, go to www.jccdet.org .
For information, contact Leah Worthy
at a tournament at Penn in September.
Cornell was 7-4 overall and 0-1 in the
at email@example.com or (248) 432-
Ivy League play as of late last week.
5404. She's the programming coordina-
D'Ascenzo was a 2013 winner of
tor and assistant director for sports and
the United States Tennis Association
recreation at the JCC. ❑
Southeastern Michigan District's Hoxie
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