The Brandeis women’s tennis spring season started Feb. 5 with a 0-7 loss to Division 1 school Bryant University at Rally Point, a tennis and exercise club in Rhode Island. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the team, usually composed of ten students, came to the match with five players.
Though the match-up was dominated by Bryant, Ella Subramanian ’24 showed her fighting spirit in both her #2 singles and #1 doubles match. After dropping the first set 6-2, Subramanian took her match at second singles to a nailbiter of a tiebreaker losing it 10-8 in the end. Subramanian and Sabrina Loui ’25 took their #1 doubles match to a tiebreaker before losing it 7-0. Loui, who had a stellar tournament last October at the ITA Regionals reaching the second day in both the singles and the doubles draws, lost at #1 singles 6-0, 6-1.
Olivia Howe ’22 went down in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in her #4 singles match. Her doubles partner Summer Quinn ’22 also lost with a bagel and a breadstick score of 6-1, 6-0 at #5 singles. They finished their matches 5th and 4th respectively. Playing at #2 doubles, the team lost 6-2.
At #3 singles, Cecilia Denis ’25 lost 6-1, 6-1. She didn’t play a doubles match.
Looking forward, the next two matches are against two fellow Division III schools in MIT and Wellesley, followed by a trip to the West Coast starting on Feb. 21. They also have their next match on Feb. 11 at Gosman against MIT.