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Women’s tennis wins two, men narrowly lose

Published: March 21, 2014
Section: Sports

The 24th-ranked women’s tennis team had a much easier time against NYU on Saturday, defeating them 8-1. In doubles competition Carley Cooke ’15 and Simone Vandroff ’15, Allyson Bernstein ’14 and Marissa Lazar ’14 and Roberta Bergstein ’14 and Sarita Biswas ’16 each won by large margins. The third through sixth seeds of the singles portion also won fairly easily in straight sets. These winners were Vandroff, Emily Eska ’16, Alexa Katz ’14 and Hannah Marion ’16. The match of number-one pairings featured the only three-set competition of the event in which Bernstein defeated Alison Wang 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. The Violets fell to 0-2 this year.

The Judges dominant performance came a day after their 5-4 defeat of 30th-ranked Wellesley College in Waltham. Cooke and Vandroff won the number one doubles match 8-4 and Bernstein and Lazar won at the second spot 8-5. Brandeis’ 2-1 advantage in doubles allowed them to split the singles matches 3-3 to win overall. Cooke and Eska each won their first and fifth placed matches in straight sets. Cooke won the final six games of her second set. Vandroff won a hard-fought, fourth-seeded match 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. NYU fells to 0-2. Brandeis moved to 3-5. They face Bentley University at home on Friday, March 21 and travel to Babson College next Thursday, March 27.

The men’s tennis team lost a close match, 5-4, this Saturday in the Bronx against 24th-ranked New York University in each team’s first conference match of the season. Brandeis took a 2-1 lead after doubles matches. Brian Granoff ’17 and Michael Secular ’16 won in the number two spot, and Jeff Cherkin ’17 and Alec Siegel ’15 won in the third pairing, each match ending 8-2. Siegel and Secular continued to play well, winning the fifth and sixth spot matches, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1, 7-5 respectively. NYU won in the top four singles spots but received some challenge in the third and fourth pairs that each went three sets. Danny Lubarsky ’16 and Ryan Bunis ’17 each lost the first set but responded in the second by winning 6-1 and 6-4 respectively before losing close final sets 6-4 and 7-5. NYU extended their perfect season to 3-0, and Brandeis fell to 4-3. They will face the Coast Guard Academy this Saturday, March 22 on the road.