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Tennis hosts Senior Day

By Shea Decker-Jacoby

Section: Sports

April 27, 2018

The men’s and women’s tennis teams honored their senior players this past Tuesday before heading to Florida for the University Athletic Association (UAA) championships.
The teams honored Billy Wilson ’18, Eric Goldberg ’18 and Haley Cohen ’18 for their commitment to Brandeis tennis during their four years at Brandeis.

After the ceremony, the women’s tennis team went on to sweep Wheaton College 9-0. Wheaton did not take a single set away from any of the Judges, except for the tight match in the singles number one seat. Keren Khromchenko ’19 swept her opponent in the first set 6-0, then fell 6-7 (5-7), heading into the super breaker set. Khromchenko had her eyes on the prize and dominated her match, beating her opponent 10-4 in the final set. Olivia Leavitt ’19 took her place in the number two seat, giving up just two points in two sets. Lauren Bertsch ’21 earned her third seat win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Michele Lehat ’19 dropped only one point in two sets taking her win 6-1, 6-0. Rachel Zubrinsky ’21 took the fifth seat. Finally, the only Judge who did not drop a single point in a singles match, Isabel Cepeda ’21 won the sixth seat in a clean sweep victory of 6-0, 6-0. The Judges had the same showing in the doubles matches. Overall, they only dropped five points with none of their Wheaton competitors coming close to a victory. In the first seat, Sabrina Ross Neergaard ’20 and Khromchenko won their match 8-4. Cohen and Leavitt followed with their victory in the second seat with a score of 8-0. Finally, Cepeda and Bertsch only let up one point in their match, taking home the win in the third seat doubles.

The men brought home nine victories, dominating with a clean sweep against Wheaton. Anupreeth Coramutla ’21 and David Aizenberg ’20 beat their opponents in the number one doubles seat 8-6. Nikhil Das ’21 and Rajan Vohra ’21 earned their victory with an 8-2 win of their own. The final doubles match featured Zach Cihlar ’19 and teammate Goldberg. The senior earned his final at home doubles victory with a final score of 8-1. In the singles matches, the Judges dominated throughout. In the number one seat, Aizenberg took his final home victory of the season with a score of 6-3, 6-1. Second, Jackson Kogan ’19 beat his opponent 6-0, 6-2. Cihlar dominated his match with straight 6-1, 6-1 victories. In the fourth seat, classmate Ethan Saal ’19 swept his match 6-0, 6-0. Benjamin Wolfe ’20 earned a victory with a two set victory, 6-2, 6-2. Finally, Wilson earned his last at home singles victory with a final score of 6-3, 6-2. The Judges won the match 9-0.

Cihlar was recognized as UAA Athlete of the Week for his 3-0 performance during a 2-0 week for the now #17 nationally ranked Judges.

The teams traveled down to Florida earlier this week for the UAA Championships. The Judges will face off with Rochester and Case Western Reserve before the competition ends.
Zach Cihlar is a sports editor for The Brandeis Hoot.

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