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Tennis teams win on Senior Day

By Charlie Romanow

Section: Sports

April 25, 2014

The 22nd-ranked women’s tennis team defeated Bates College 6-3 on April 18. On their Senior Day, seniors Roberta Bergstein ’14, Allyson Bernstein ’14, Alexa Katz ’14 and Marissa Lazar ’14 were honored before the match.

Brandeis swept the doubles matches. Bernstein and Lazar won 8-1 for the first match. Bergstein and Carley Cooke ’15 won 8-6 in the first ranked match. In the third place match, Dylan Schlesinger ’15 and Simone Vandroff ’15 faced a 5-4 deficit but rebounded to win 8-6. Bernstein dominated the first singles match of the day, winning 6-0, 6-1. The Bobcats rallied to win the next two matches but Cooke clinched the win for Brandeis in the first spot with a 7-5, 6-0 victory. Vandroff also won 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

Later in the day Brandeis defeated Simmons College 8-1, once again sweeping doubles matches. Each singles victory was won in straight sets and the doubles matches were won with scores of 8-2, 8-3, 8-2. Brandeis then lost to the 13th-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology 8-1 on Tuesday.

The 30th-ranked men’s tennis team did not fare as well against Bates, losing 5-4 on the 19th. The Bobcats got off to a good start, earning a sweep in doubles matches. Brian Granoff ’17 and Michael Secular ’15 were able to push the second doubles match but lost the tiebreaker 7-0. Jeff Cherkin ’17 won the first singles match of the event in the sixth place, winning 6-3, 6-4. Granoff won the first ranked singles match 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. A three set match in the fifth spot clinched the victory for Bates. The Judges would not throw in the towel though, in two long matches Danny Lubarsky ’16 won 6-2, 3-6, 10-6, and Ryan Bunis ’17 won 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (4-2), 10-4.

The team faced MIT in their Senior Day match on Monday. Graduating seniors Evan Berner ’14 and Adam Brown ’14 were honored prior to the event. The pairs of Granoff and Lubarsky won 8-4, Alec Siegel ’15 and Michael Arguello ’17 won 8-2 and Secular and Cherkin won 8-6. Granoff won the first placed singles match 6-4, 6-4. The Engineers rallied to win the next three matches in straight sets, trailing 4-3. Bunis clinched the match in the fourth spot after trailing early with sets of 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Siegel won his match 4-6, 7-5, 3-1 after his opponent retired.

The 10-9 women’s team will take part in the University Athletic Association Championship from Friday to Sunday this week in Florida. The 10-7 men’s team will participate from Thursday to Saturday.

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