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Aizenberg leads men’s tennis, receives UAA athlete of the week

Last weekend, Brandeis men’s tennis traveled to Colby College in Waterville, ME to compete in the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional Tournament. Brandeis captain David Aizenberg ’20 found great success this weekend, as he not only advanced to the quarterfinals in both the singles and doubles draws, but he also was recognized as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week.  

As the third seed in singles action Aizenberg opened the tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Babson’s Jason Weisman. In the second round, he defeated his opponent, Jan Wegner of Colby College, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). His success over Weisman advanced him to the second day of action in the ITA Regional Tournament. In the round of 16, Aizenberg secured the win over Middlebury College’s Aidan Harris, 6-1, 6-2. Unfortunately, he was unable to outplay Stan Morris of Middlebury College in the quarter finals, falling 6-4, 6-3.  

Aizenberg and his doubles partner, Anupreeth Coramutla ’21, entered as the second seed. After defeating Justin Patel and Michael Vergara of Bowdoin College, Aizenberg and Coramutla advanced to the second day of play, where they reached the third round with an 8-3 win over Shaw Rhinelander and Kevin Ma of Amherst College, but suffered a tough loss to Tufts in the quarterfinals with a final score of 8-6.  

Coramutla also advanced to the second day of action as the sixth seed of the singles bracket, after clinching a three-setter from Joshua Maxwell Conlin of Babson, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and defeating Peter Freylinghausen of Williams, one of the doubles champions, 6-3, 6-1.  Unfortunately on day two, Coramutla fell to Noah Lillienthal of Wesleyan, the 9-16 seed, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, in the round of 16. 

Adam Tzeng ’22, a 9-16 seed in the ITA Regional tournament as well, outplayed Bass Lin of Emerson in his opener, 6-2, 6-3, and continued to find success over Middlebury’s Andre Xiao, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.  Boris Sorkin of Tufts, the second seed and eventual champion, edged out Tzeng in the third round, 6-3, 6-3. However, in the doubles competition, Tzeng and his partner, fellow classmate Jeffery Chen ’22, won their opener easily over a talented duo from MIT, 8-0. However, the Judges fell short in the second round, losing 8-3 to Ravaghan and Kam of Williams College.    

Chen edged out Ross DeRose of Trinity, 6-1, 7-5, which advanced him to the second round of the singles competition. However, the Brandeis second-year fell short in the second round to opponent Robby Ward of Middlebury College, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.  Next, Nikhil Das ’21 fell to his opponent in the first round of singles action, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, while the pair of Colt Tegtmeier ’22 and Simon Kauppila ’22 were defeated by top seeded and eventual champions Taylor and Freylinghausen of Williams.

The Judges are looking for more success this weekend as they travel back to Maine to compete in the Wallach Invitational at Bates College. 

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