The Brandeis men’s and women’s tennis teams took on Middlebury College this past weekend. The women’s team lost 9-0 to No. 10-ranked Middlebury Sunday afternoon, March 15, while the men’s team lost 7-2 to No. 3-ranked Middlebury and 5-3 against No. 29 Stevens Institute of Technology.
For the women’s team, the closest match for the Judges against Middlebury was in the number-three spot. Charlotte Aaron ’18 and Sarita Biswas ’17 lost 8-4 in doubles play. In singles, Carley Cooke ’15 competed in the number-one spot but fell short 6-4 and 6-2.
The Brandeis women’s tennis team is 1-5 on the season with all of their losses being against teams with higher national rankings. The Judges will face Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, this Friday, March 20.
The men’s tennis team struggled against Middlebury, as well. The judges fell in doubles play 3-0. The Judges’ only win against Middlebury came at the number-two spot in singles play. Michael Arguello ’17 won a first-set tiebreaker. At number four, Alec Siegel ’15 won in a super tiebreaker, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.
In play against Stevens Institute of Technology, the Judges won in doubles, taking two matches. Brian Granoff ’17 and Eric Miller ’16 took a 8-4 win over their opponents at number one. Arguello and Jeff Cherkin ’17 won in the number-two spot by the same score of 8-4.
Brandeis couldn’t keep up the same intensity in singles play, though. Arguello continued his strong performance for the Judges, completing a 3-1 weekend with a 6-2 win in the number-two spot. Granoff lost both sets in a tiebreaker in a tight loss in the number-one spot. Siegel won the first set in the number-four spot in a tiebreaker, but couldn’t maintain the momentum, and his opponent came back 6-3, 6-2 in the next two sets to win the match.
The men’s tennis team is now 2-5 on the season, and like the women’s team, all of their losses have been from teams ranked higher than they are in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III national rankings.
The men’s team is back in action in their home opener Saturday, March 21 against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at 10 a.m. The Judges then move on to an away match against Wesleyan University at 1 p.m. on Sunday.