Brandeis tennis round-up, April 15-20, 2021

April 23, 2021

After three matches for the men and one match for the women this past week, the men’s team moves to 3-1 on the season and will face the Tufts University Jumbos on Sunday, April 25 and Bridgewater State University on Thursday, April 29 at home. The women’s team is now 1-1 on the season and will face the Bentley University Falcons on Friday, April 23 at 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19 guidelines set forth by Brandeis Athletics, no spectators are permitted at home matches. Live statistics will be available on the Brandeis Judges website. 

Brandeis Men’s Tennis vs. Bentley University Falcons, 6-3

The Judges had a strong showing against crosstown rivals, the NCAA Division II Bentley University Falcons, losing just two matches. In doubles play, captain Anupreeth Coramutla ’21 and Colt Tegtmeier ’22 bageled the Falcons 6-0 at second doubles, while Simon Kauppila ’23 and Rajan Vohra ’21 also had a fast win at third doubles, winning 6-1. Juniors Jeff Chen ’22 and Adam Tzeng ’22 were the only doubles team to lose to the Falcons, losing 6-4 at first doubles. 

Tzeng and Tegtmeier both lost in third set tiebreakers in singles at second and fourth singles, respectively. Max Bonte took the first set 6-4 from Tzeng, before Tzeng came back to take the second. However, Tzeng ultimately couldn’t hold on in the tiebreaker, for a final score of 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 in favor of the Falcons. Tegtmeier was able to take the first set from Jordan Soifer of Bentley but trailed in the second set and the tiebreaker, losing 4-6, 6-3, 5-10. All other singles matches were straight sets wins for the Judges. Coramutla had the closest match at first singles against Daniel Weitz, beating the Falcon 7-5, 6-4. Chen handily beat Alexander Novins from Bentley, 6-3, 6-0; rookie Dylan Waters ’24 only dropped one game against Mauricio Fadul for a 6-1, 6-0 win at fifth singles; and finally at sixth singles, Nikhil Das ’21 won 6-2, 6-2. 


The Judges moved to 2-0 on the season after this match. 

Brandeis Men’s Tennis vs. Williams College Ephs, 1-8

After a valiant effort, the Judges were handed their first loss of the season by the Williams College Ephs, with Chen as the only winner at third singles. Chen had a close first set, winning 7-3 in a tiebreaker, before winning the second set 6-4, for a final score of 7-6(3), 6-4.

Chen and Tzeng lost at first doubles 8-5 to Calvin Chung and Arturo Kam from Williams. The pairs of Coramutla/Tegtmeier and Kauppila/Vohra were not able to close out their matches at second and third doubles, respectively, both losing 7-5 in a tiebreaker at seven all for a 8-7(5) loss. At second singles, Tzeng handily took the first set 6-1 from Williams’s Austin Barr but lost the second set 4-6. In a close third set tiebreaker, Tzeng couldn’t hold off Barr, who won 1-6, 6-4, 13-11. Also in a close match, Waters lost 10-12 in the third set tiebreaker at fifth singles, for a 5-7, 6-4, 10-12 loss. Kam defeated Coramutla at first singles 6-3, 6-0, while Tegtmeier lost at fourth singles 2-6, 3-6 and Das lost 2-6, 4-6 at sixth singles. 

The Judges were 2-1 on the season after this match. 

Brandeis Men’s Tennis vs. Merrimack College Warriors, 6-3

Playing each other for the second time this season, the Judges had another win against the Merrimack Warriors, this time 4-3. The Judges previously defeated the Warriors 7-2 earlier in May, according to a previous Hoot article.

The Judges swept doubles play, with Chen and Tzeng at first doubles (7-6(2)), Coramutla and Tegtmeier at second doubles (6-3) and Kauppila and Vohra at third doubles (6-4). Kauppila also won at fourth singles, dropping just one game on his way to a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andre Singer. Facing Jan Semerak of Merrimack at first singles for the second time this season, Coramutla narrowly dropped the first set, losing in a tiebreaker 5-7, before winning the next two sets, for an overall win of 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2. Coramutla also won their first meeting in three sets, 6-3, 6-7(9), 6-3. Hunter Levine ’23 also took three sets to defeat Conrad Koch at sixth singles, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Ben Maffa ’21 took the second set from P. de Godoy Mancini at fifth singles but ultimately lost 2-6, 6-1, 2-6. Tzeng lost at second singles 3-6, 1-6 and Das only took one game from Jonathan Garcia of Merrimack at third singles, losing 0-6, 1-6. 

The Judges improve to 3-1 on the season, remaining undefeated at home. 

Brandeis Women’s Tennis vs. Merrimack College Warriors, 6-3

The Brandeis women’s tennis team picked up their first win of the season against the NCAA Division I Merrimack Warriors, 6-3. The Warriors were up 2-1 after doubles play, but the Judges were able to win five out of six singles matches to secure the win. Ana Hatfield ‘23 and rookie Ella Subramanian ‘24 were the only Judges doubles team to win, beating out Merrimack 6-3 at second doubles. Lauren Bertsch ‘22 and rookie Nikita Salkar ‘24 lost 2-6 at first doubles, while Isabel Cepeda ‘22 and transfer Olivia Howe ‘22 lost 5-7 at third doubles. 

In singles play, Cepeda and Howe handily won their matches at fifth and sixth singles, 6-4, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. Hatfield beat Allyson Nerf 8-6 in a second set tiebreaker to win the match 6-2, 7-6(6) at second singles. Kristina Calistro of Merrimack took the first set from Bertsch 6-3 at first singles, but after a bagel in the second set by Bertsch, she was able to come out on top in the third set tiebreaker, giving the Judges the win at first singles 3-6, 6-0, 10-7. Subramanian pulled out a tight win at fourth singles, winning 6-3, 3-6, 12-10. Salkar lost 2-6, 3-6 at third singles.

The Judges improve to 1-1 on the season. 

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