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Tennis: Women lose close match with Babson; strong victory for Men

Published: March 28, 2008
Section: Sports

Women’s tennis opened up their home court for 2008, taking on regional rivals Babson. Unfortunately, it was the Judges who got served as the Beavers used a doubles sweep to boost their way through to a 5-4 victory.

The doubles pairings of Colleen Donnelly ’08/Rachel Rosman ’11, Mackenzie Gallegos ’11/Gabrielle Helfgott ’09, and Ariana Sanai ’10/Emily Weisberger ’10 all had no answer for Babson’s tandems as they fell 8-4, 8-6, and 8-5 respectively.

In singles play, Brandeis climbed back on the board as Sanai swept away opponent Liz Sheerin in number five action 6-0, 6-0. Rookie Rosman took the number one match 6-3, 6-1, and Colleen Donnelly narrowly swept the number two match 6-1, 7-5 to knot the match at three apiece. After Babson’s Jessica Huang took down Helfgott in the number three match 6-4, 6-4, sending all eyes on the number four match where rookie Mackenzie Gallegos took on Lorena Becerra. Gallegos took the second set 6-2 to force an extra frame but could not keep up, falling 6-2 and giving the meet to Babson.

Babson women’s tennis improves to 13-6 while Brandeis drops to 6-4. The women continue their home stand as they take on Roger Williams on April 3rd and Tufts University on April 5th. Both matches are at 3 pm.

In men’s action, Brandeis avenged the earlier defeat, crushing Babson 7-2. The Judges dominated the singles play led by number one seed Simon Miller ’11; the rookie cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 sweep. Fellow rookie Steven Neiman ’11 and team captain Scott Schulman ’09 easily took their matches, which, on top of Brandeis’s two wins in double’s play, sealed the win. Rookie Mayur Kasetty ’11 and sixth seed Seth Rogers ’10 padded the overall win with victories in their matches. Babson’s lone victories came in number four singles play as David Silver ’11 was narrowly edged out in three sets and in number two doubles play as the pairing of Nieman/Dor Almog ’11 was edged 9-8.

The victory is Brandeis’s third in the last four matches, bringing their record to 5-4 on the season while Babson plummets to 3-7. Brandeis has a busy weekend, playing host to University of Rochester on March 29 at 2 pm and then hitting the road on March 30 as they take on Boston College at 4pm.