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Women’s tennis defeats Bates

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March 26, 2010

The Brandeis men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Lewiston, Maine last Saturday to take on the Bates College Bobcats, and after a pair of hard-fought matches, the women left with a 5-4 victory while the men fell to a 6-3 defeat.

The middle of the line-up proved most fruitful for the women’s singles team. Rachel Rosman ’11 paved the way in the No. 2 slot, dropping only one game in her two set sweep. The victory moved Rosman to a team-leading 8-4 record on the year, including a perfect 3-0 from the second spot. Ariana Sanai ’10 and Mackenzie Gallegos ’10 held down the fort as numbers three and four, neither dropping a set as Sanai won 7-5, 6-2 and Gallegos won 6-4, 6-0. However, number one Faith Broderick ’13 and No. 5 Nina Levine ’12 each fell in difficult, three-set matches, and Sarah Richman ’12 was swept to leave the singles record at 3-3.

Brandeis’ doubles pairs were the deciding factor, going 2-1 at the start of the match to aid the Judges’ in victory.

The number one team of Rosman and Broderick earned an 8-6 victory, running their record as partners to 3-0. Sanai and Levine, the only number three pair Brandeis has used all season, claimed a 8-3 win. An 8-6 loss by Gallegos and Richman was the only flaw for the doubles on the day.

The men’s doubles started off looking just as successful as the women, as Simon Miller ’11 and classmate Nick White earned an 8-5 win from the number three seed, but things unraveled from that point. number two Steven Milo and Dave Yovanoff, both rookies, lost a bitterly-contested 9-8 set, and number three Steven Nieman ’11 and Michael Tatarsky ’12 suffered an 8-6 defeat.

Bates then swept the first four seeds of the singles matches to guarantee itself the victory. The closest a Judge could come was number two Miller’s third-set defeat by a heartbreaking 7-5, 6-7(4), 10-8 score. White lost a 6-4, 6-1 contest from the top spot, and numbers three and four Yovanoff and Fred Rozenshteyn ‘13 could only combine for four games won over their four sets of action. Redemption came from the number five and six slots, as Nieman bounced back from a close first set defeat to win 5-7, 6-1, 10-6 and Milo ran his Brandeis career record to 10-2 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Both the men’s and the women’s team now sport 5-5 records with less than a month to go before UAA Championship season begins.

A scheduled home match against Rochester for March 28 was canceled, freeing up what will still be a very busy week for both squads. The men will travel to Wellesley, Mass. on March 27 and again on April 1, the first time to play Amherst College and the second time to play the hosting Babson College. Meanwhile, the women will host Babson March 31.

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