Last week the Brandeis women’s tennis team closed their 2015-2016 season. On Wednesday they dominated against Endicott College, held on strong Friday at Babson and then finished with Senior Day against Wesleyan (Connecticut) on Saturday. The team is led by head coach Ben Lamanna and assistant coach Michael Kopelman, while the team captains are seniors Sarita Biswas ’16 and Hannah Marion ’16.
The Judges saw wins across the board when they went up against Endicott last Wednesday, 9-0. Only three games were dropped in a set in three of the 15 that were played between singles and doubles. Doubles actions started strong with Sophia He ’19 and Emily Eska ’16 winning 8-0 at the No. 2 spot. Then at the No. 1 spot, Haley Cohen ’18 and Olivia Leavitt ’19 saw a win, 8-1. The sweep was completed by the pair of Ariana Ishaq ’19 and Biswas winning 8-2, at the No. 3 spot. He was a highlight of the singles action, with a clean win of all 12 games at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0. At the No. 4 spot, Eska came close to pulling off the feat, but only slightly fell short, 6-1, 6-1. Then at No. 2, Keren Khromchenko ’19 won, 6-2, 6-0 and Marion saw a win at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-2. Then Michelle Lehat ’19 topped the win at the No. 5 spot, 6-3, 6-3.
On Friday the Judges continued their momentum at their penultimate match of the season with a 7-2 victory over Babson College. After the doubles action the Judges saw a 2-1 lead. At the No. 3 spot, Eska and Maya Vasser ’16 won their match 8-4. Then at the No. 2 spot, Charlotte Aaron ’18 and He earned a point as they led, 6-2, when their opponents withdrew due to injury. In the singles action, the Judges also dropped the match at the top lineup, but won the other five matches. Leavitt avenged her doubles loss with a 6-3, 7-5 win. At the No. 3 spot, Khromchenko won 6-3, 6-2, which was the fewest games lost for the Judges. Then at the No. 4 spot, winning a second-set tiebreaker, 6-1, 7-6, (7-3), He earned her second point of the day. With the lone three-setter of the day, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, Eska saw victory. At the No. 6 spot Vasser won 6-3, 6-3.
On Sunday the Judges closed out their season with the unfortunate loss to Wesleyan, 7-2. The Division III, No. 28 ranked Judges fell 10-10. Since it was also Senior Day, before the matches, seniors Biswas, Eska, Marion and Vasser were recognized for their final matches. The Judges saw both of their points for the day come from their seniors. In the doubles action at the No. 2 spot, Eska and Vasser saw an 8-4 win, while Vasser also earned the team’s point in the singles play. At the No. 6 spot she led 6-1, 3-0 when her opponent retired.