Men’s tennis suffers set back in loss to Tufts

April 1, 2007

Brandeis mens tennis suffered a set back but then a bounce back as the team responded to a 5-2 loss at the hands of regional rival Tufts University but were able to pull together and take down Babson 8-1 in the teams first outdoor match of this season.

The pace against Babson was established from the outset with a complete sweep of the doubles thanks to the pairings of Michael Vulfovich 07/Sam Jonas 07 (8-5), Cliff Silverman 07/Jordan Beiber 07 (8-6) and Scott Schulman 09/Derek Tesser 09 (8-2). This continued into singles play with none of the top four seeds needing a third set to set aside their opponents and the lone loss came in the sixth singles match with Tesser the Brandeis representative.

It was a good response to a 5-2 loss down the road in Medford. Jonas/Vulfovich opened the match with a doubles victory only to watch as the remaining teams of Adam Sher 07/Beiber and Schulman/Tesser. The hard luck playing continued into the singles courts where Vulfovich, Sher, and Beiber coming out on the wrong end of a three-game set. The lone singles victory came at the hands of captain Sam Jonas who defeated his opponent in two sets.

With the victory over Babson, Brandeis is now 5-4 and currently ranked 14th in the region. Babson drops to 2-13. Brandeis tennis goes off on the road tomorrow where they will take on their first UAA match starting with Case-Western on the 30th and University of Rochester on April 1.

When dealing with a loss, good teams regroup and take it out on their foes especially if they are inferior to them. Brandeis mens tennis did just that. How they do on the road will be key though as they and Coach Ben Lamanna hope to define themselves as a program and hopefully, as a power.

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