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Tennis finishes their season with senior night

Tennis finishes their season with senior night

By Sarah Jousset

Section: Sports

April 26, 2015

The Brandeis men’s and women’s tennis teams finished their seasons at home Saturday, April 18 against New York University.

The No. 27 ranked women’s tennis team ended their season with a 6-3 win over NYU, improving their season record to 10-8. Brandeis took two of three matches in doubles play against NYU. In the No. 1 spot, Carley Cooke ’15 and Haley Cohen ’18 took an 8-3 decision. Meanwhile, Charlotte Aaron ’18, deputy news editor at The Brandeis Hoot, and Sarita Biswas ’16 added another win for the Judges in the No. 3 spot with an 8-5 win. The Judges were edged in the No. 2 spot as Dylan Schlesinger ’15 and Maya Vasser ’16 lost a tight match of 9-7.

The Judges moved close to victory when two quick wins came from Cohen at No. 2 and Aaron at No. 6 with twin scores of 6-3 and 6-2. NYU took one match in the No. 4 spot by a score of 6-3, 6-1. The other three matches went three sets. NYU took another win from the Judges at the No. 3 spot by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Vasser clinched the win at No. 5 by scores of 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. All-American Cooke stole a three hour match from her opponent in the No. 1 spot. After Cooke lost the first set 6-3, she came back in the second with a score of 6-2. Cooke then went 12 games with her opponent at 6-6. Cooke finally silenced her opponent in the tiebreaker with a 7-5 victory.

The final match marked the team’s senior day during which the Judges’ three seniors, Cooke, Schlesinger and Simone Vandroff were honored. The Brandeis women’s tennis team left for Florida on Wednesday for the UAA conference tournament.

The No. 29 ranked men’s team also finished their season Saturday against NYU at home, beating NYU 6-3. The win brings the Judges’ record to 8-9 on the season heading into UAA conference play in Florida this week.

The men mirrored the women’s team’s performance, taking two of three matches in doubles play. Brian Granoff ’17 and Danny Lubarsky ’16 earned a win in the No. 1 spot with a score of 8-5. Michael Arguello ’17 and Jeffrey Cherkin ’17 took the No. 2 spot with a score of 8-4. Brandeis players Michael Secular ’15 and Alec Siegel ’15 fell in the No. 3 spot in a close match of 8-6.

In singles play Granoff was ahead 6-1, 3-0 at the No. 1 spot when his opponent retired, rendering him the winner. Cherkin earned the Judges another victory at the No. 6 spot with a 6-1, 6-3 win. Meanwhile, Arguello sealed the win for the Judges in the No. 2 spot with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. NYU clinched wins in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, while Lubarsky won the final match of the day at No. 3 by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The match also marked the team’s senior night, honoring Secular, Siegel and Matthew Zuckerman. The Judges will join the women’s team in Florida for the UAA conference tournament this week.

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