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Cooke and Broderick rebound from first match with strong performance at ITA

Published: October 5, 2012
Section: Sports

At the ITA New England Regionals this past weekend, the women’s tennis team bounced back from their disappointing performance against Tufts in their opening match of the season. After being swept 9-0 by the Jumbos the week before, Carley Cooke ’15 and Faith Broderick ’13 led the Judges with a strong performance.

The doubles pair of Cooke and Broderick were seeded fifth at the tournament and easily took care of their first round opponents from Mount Holyoke, quickly dispatching them 8-1 to advance to the second round.

In the next round, the Judges’ duo faced Lyndsay Cooke and Alexandra Marlowe of Wheaton. The Wheaton tandem posed a tougher challenge than Cooke and Broderick’s first round opponents, however, the Judges were able to defeat the Wheaton team 8-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Judges received an unlucky draw in the quarterfinals as they were forced to play the top seeded doubles pairing of Curran and Shoemaker from Williams. The Judges put up a fight against the Williams duo, but they could not overcome their opponents and bowed out with an 8-3 loss.

While the Judges enjoyed success in the doubles bracket, the same could not be said for their performance in the singles bracket.

Broderick once again faced a tough draw in her opening match as she had to face 2011 finalist Maria Pylpiv of Williams. Plylpiv defeated Broderick in straight sets 6-0, 6-4.

Having attained a 19th seed, Cooke drew Jessica Seidman of Wesleyan in the first round. Cooke easily took care of Seidman, dispatching her in straight sets 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the second round.

Cooke suffered a heartbreaking marathon loss in the second round, bowing out to Samantha Gann of Tufts 5-7, 6-2, 10-4. After narrowly losing the first set, Cooke bounced back to take a deciding victory in the second set; however, in an evenly played third set, Cooke ultimately lost the super tiebreaker and failed to advance to the next round.

After a strong showing from their top players at the ITA, the Judges will return to team play on Monday when they travel to Simmons.