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Senior day, UAA honors and more for Brandeis tennis teams this week

It was a busy week for tennis across Brandeis! 

For starters, Lauren Bertsch ’21 and Anupreeth Coramutla ’21 were both named UAA Athletes of the week for the second and third time, respectively. Each captained their team to victories in the matches played this week, closing out their time on the Brandeis varsity tennis team in convincing fashion. Coramulta found himself on the wrong side of a 5-7, 2-6 match to first-ranked Boris Sorkin from Tufts University. The New Jersey native did win his doubles match 8-5, teaming up with Colt Tegtmeier ’22 to give the Judges the all important 2-1 lead against the Jumbos. Bertsch also won in her doubles match by the same 8-5 margin, while also continuing onto a 6-3, 6-1 victory at number one singles. In her last ever home match, which was played against Bentley University, Bertsch led her team to a 9-0 crushing of the Judges’ cross-town rivals.

Brandeis Women’s Tennis vs. Bentley University Falcons, 9-0

On senior day, the Judges swept the Bentley University Falcons 9-0 to improve to 2-1 on the season. The Judges honored seniors Bertsch, Isabel Cepeda ’21 and Rachel Zubrinsky ’21 for their commitment to the team throughout their four years at Brandeis. 

The duo of Ana Hatfield ‘22 and rookie Ella Subramanian ’24 took a decisive 8-2 victory over Bentley’s Zoe Chin and Remi Lesage at second doubles. The Judges followed that performance by taking the next two matches 8-5 at first doubles (Bertsch/Cepeda) and 8-6 at third doubles (Olivia Howe ’22/Nikita Salkar ’24), to start the match off with a 3-0 lead. 

The Judges also swept all six singles to shut out the Falcons, winning in straight sets in all matches. Cepeda lost just one game against Libby Keefe from Bentley at fifth singles, winning 6-0, 6-1. Hatfield also easily won at second singles against Makena Romagnano, 6-1, 6-1. Salkar and Subramanian both won their matches 6-0, 6-4 at third and fourth singles, respectively. Bertsch and Howe had the closest matches of the day, winning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-3 at first and sixth singles, respectively. 

The Judges will end their shortened 2021 season with a match against Williams College on Saturday, May 8. 

Brandeis Men’s Tennis vs. Tufts University Jumbos, 6-3

The third-ranked men’s tennis team in NCAA Regional Rankings picked up a victory over the fourth-ranked Tufts University. The Jumbos got off to an early lead with a win at third doubles, where Rajan Vohra ’21 and Simon Kauppila ’23 lost to Nike Hereford and Rishabh Sharda 5-8. However, wins at first (Adam Tzeng ’22 and Jeff Chen ‘22) and second doubles (Coramutla and Tegtmeier) 8-6 and 8-5, respectively, by the Judges helped put them in the lead after doubles play. 

Boris Sorkin from Tufts University, the number one ranked singles player in the Northeast, beat third-ranked Coramutla 7-5, 6-2 at number one singles to even the score out. Rookie Dylan Walters ’24 was the only Judge with a straight-set victory in singles against the Jumbos, winning 6-3, 6-2 at fifth singles. Tzeng and Chen both came back to win their matches after losing the first set at second and third singles, respectively. Tzeng beat Isaac Gorelik 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, while Chen beat Sharda 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. Tegtmeier also won at sixth singles after winning the first set, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6. Kauppila lost 4-6, 3-6 at fifth singles. 

The Judges improve to 4-1 on the season and will take on the Bridgewater State Bears at home on April 29. 

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