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Tennis team aces first dual match

By Ariel Wittenberg

Section: Sports

October 8, 2010

The men’s tennis team opened up their dual match season with a 7-2 victory against the United States Coast Guard Academy last Friday night and the women’s team finished off the weekend with a 6-3 win against Simmons College.

The men only dropped two matches and Simon Miller ’11 and Steven Milo ’13 won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively.

Fred Rozenshteyn ’13 also won at No. 4 singles while Dave Yovanoff ’13 and Ezra Bernstein clinched wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. The Judges were forced to play inside the Gosman Athletic Center on fast indoor courts.

The speed seemed to overwhelm Coast Guard, who never really settled in.

At No. 1 singles, Nick White ‘11 lost in a third set tie-breaker to Greg Mitchell.

White won the first set and traded ground strokes in several long rallies with Mitchell.

In the end, Mitchell slapped a few forehand winners down the line and earned the tie break and the victory.

In doubles action, Brandeis only dropped one match with Milo and Yovanoff losing at No. 2 doubles, 8-6. Because the Judges were only playing on three courts, some matches started late and Yovanoff finished off the five-hour contest in a match tie-break played in lieu of a third set.

Yovanoff won the first set 6-2 before dropping the next one 3-6 and winning the third set match tie-break 10-7.

While his opponent, Josh Fisher, put up a fight in many deep backhand cross-court exchanges, Yovanoff’s serve and forehand proved too much in the end, and he won the tense match with a strong serve up the middle. The women played outdoors Sunday morning in a contest filled with wind gusts and cold temperatures.

The Judges, 2-0 in dual match play won at first doubles with Rachel Rosman ’11 and Faith Broderick ’13 teaming up to dominate an 8-1 win filled with big serves, lots of poaching and volley winners. Mackenzie Gallegos ’11 and Allyson Bernstein ’11 also claimed a win at third doubles.

Rosman, Broderick and Gallegos also claimed singles wins and rookie Alexa Katz won easily at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2. Earlier this Fall, the Judges defeated Wheaton College 6-3. Dual match play will continue in the spring season, but in the meantime, the Judges are busy training for the NEWITT Championships, next weekend at Amherst.

The men’s squad will be on the road this weekend for their last Fall contest, the Wallach Invitational. They will also resume dual match play in the Spring.

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