In a match on Sunday, the Judges fell to Babson 4-5. It took place even as many on the Brandeis team are still in isolation and quarantine following COVID-19 policies. The head-to-head also reunited the Brandeis team with Mike Kopelman, the Judges assistant coach who left in 2018 to coach for Babson.
After the doubles matches, Brandeis got an early lead 2-1. Bhakti Parwani ’25 and Sabrina Loui ’25 continued to show the strength of the first-years on the Judges, winning 8-4 in first doubles, after Brandeis lost in third doubles 4-8. In second doubles, Anastasia Sia ’25 and Ella Subramanian ’24 saw success, beating their opponents 8-3.
Following the straight-forward wins in doubles, the singles matches were closer and streakier. Playing at first singles, Parwani stayed competitive in the first set eventually losing it 5-7 only to run out of steam and get bageled in the second set. Close matches at second and third singles showed that the first-years’ successes were not limited to the doubles matches. Loui won in a very tight match 7-6, 7-5 and Sia won a deciding third set, bouncing back after getting bageled in the second set. She won 6-3, 0-6, 6-3.
In fourth and sixth singles, Brandeis fell in all their matches, some closer than others. After holding off her opponent for most of the first set, Subramanian lost in fourth singles 4-6, 1-6. Summer Quinn ’22 lost handily in sixth 2-6, 1-6. In fifth singles, Olivia Howe ’22 split 6-3 sets with her opponent before ultimately losing the final set 0-6.
This loss brings the Judges’ season to 3-7. Going forward, the women’s team plays NYU at home on Sunday April 3 and Tufts in an away match on Tuesday April 5. The men face NYU and MIT at home on Sunday April 3 and Thursday April 7.