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Women’s tennis team rolls over Simmons 9-0 sweep

By Gordy Stillman

Section: Sports

October 12, 2012

The women’s tennis team swept Simmons College 9-0 on Monday in their last dual match of the fall season. With the sweep, the Judges improved to 1-1 this fall, rebounding after their 9-0 loss to Tufts last month.

Playing without team captain Faith Broderick ’13 at No. 2, All-American Carley Cooke ’15 led the charge for the Judges, earning a 6-2, 6-0 win in her No. 1 singles match. Cooke also won her doubles match with Allyson Bernstein ’14, 8-4.

In the other doubles action, Simone Vandroff ’15 paired with Maya Vasser ’16 and earned an 8-5 win at No. 2. In the third match, Roberta Bergstein ’14 and Dylan Schlesinger ’15 completed the doubles action with an 8-4 victory.

Vandroff and Vassar, in the second and third spots respectively, both won their matches.

Rounding out the competition were three debuts at singles this season, Alexa Katz ’14, Sarita Biswas ’16 and Emily Eska ’16 at the four, five and six spots. In the fourth match, Katz dominated with a 6-0, 6-2 decision. Biswas and Eska also finished the day strong with 6-3, 6-3 wins. Each player won her match in straight sets.

Broderick attributed the success of Monday’s performance to the team’s depth.

“The match against Simmons was very successful for us. We were able to incorporate as many of our team members into the overall 9-0 victory,” she said, adding that the first win “will only motivate us to train hard in the offseason and get ready for the main spring season.”

Discussing the fall season as a whole, Broderick explained, “its main job is to get us on track and focused for the spring. The fall season can also help us maintain and work toward a national ranking as a team and individually. It improves our record and allows us to play tournaments and dual matches that we wouldn’t have time to play in the spring season.”

The Judges compete in their final event of the fall season this weekend at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament.

“In the past we have found a lot of success at NEWITTS. I expect nothing less than having our five teams go deep into each of the tournament flights,” Broderick said.

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