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Women’s tennis finishes successful regular season on a low note

Published: April 27, 2012
Section: Sports

This past week the 20th-ranked women’s tennis team completed the regular season, dropping the final two matches.

The first match came against 19th-ranked Wellesley University. In a hard-fought match on both sides, Wellesley came out ahead, snapping the Judges’ three-game winning streak.

In No. 1 doubles, Carley Cooke ’15 and Faith Broderick ’13 earned the only doubles victory for the Judges, defeating Sojung Lee and Marie Watanabe 9-7. In singles action, Broderick earned the easiest point of the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Erica Choo at No. 2 singles. After falling behind in No. 6 singles, Roberta Bergstein ’14 fought back to earn the victory over Kendall Tada 1-6, 6-4, 6-0.

The two deciding matches came at No. 1 and No. 3 singles. In No. 1 singles, Cooke suffered a defeat in a third-set tiebreaker 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (11-9) while at No. 3 singles Allyson Bernstein ’14 fought hard but eventually bowed out 0-6, 7-5, 7-5.

A few days later, the Judges returned home to face 28th-ranked Trinity in the final home game of the season. Unfortunately, the Judges eventually fell 6-3.

Cooke and Broderick got the Judges off to a good start defeating Hillary Hoyt and Senzosihle Mauve-Maphisa at No. 1 doubles, 8-4; however, the Judges lost at No. 2 doubles 8-2 and No. 3 doubles 9-7.

After winning the final two doubles matches, Trinity carried that momentum into singles action. At No. 1 singles, Hoyt defeated Cooke 6-0, 7-5, and at No. 2 singles Mauve-Maphisa dispatched Broderick 6-2, 6-3. Bernstein earned the first point in singles action for the Judges at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Regan Cherna, while Bergstein earned the Judges’ final point at No. 6 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Frances Cameron. Trinity clinched the match victory with a pair of tiebreaker wins at No. 4 and 5 singles. Kelly Semrod defeated Simone Vandroff ’15 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) at No. 4 singles while Alexa Katz ’14 was dispatched by Elizabeth Gerber 6-3 7-6 (7-2) at No. 5 singles.

The Judges will return to action later this week at the UAA championships in Florida. As the fifth seed, they will face 13th-ranked Washington University in the opening round.