BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Babson College women's tennis team forced two third-set superbreakers and sent two other sets to tie-breaks, but it was not enough as nationally-ranked Brandeis University defeated the Beavers, 8-1, at the Farwell Courts on Monday.
Ranked 19th in the most recent ITA National Rankings, the Judges jumped out to an early 2-1 lead with a pair of doubles victories. Carley Cooke (san Diego, Calif.) and Faith Broderick (Washingtonville, N.Y.) won their match at number one, 8-2, while Dylan Schlesinger (Miami, Fla.) and Simone Vandroff (Moss Beach, Calif.) prevailed at three, 8-4. The combination of Babson senior captains Rebecca Stone (Dover, Mass.) and Ashley Lake (Brockton, Mass.) secured what would prove to be the Beavers' only point of the afternoon at two, where they earned an impressive 8-1 victory.
Brandeis swept the six singles matches, although four of the six were closely-contested affairs. The two easiest wins for the Judges came at number one, where Cooke coasted, 6-1, 6-1, and at three, where Allyson Bernstein (Northbrook, Ill.) cruised, 6-0, 6-1. At two, Broderick outdueled Babson sophomore Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn.), 6-2, 6-5 (4), while at four, the Judges' Alexa Katz (Philadelphia, Pa.) took two tough sets from first-year Minte Tamoshunas (Pittsford, N.Y.), 7-6 (1), 7-5. The final two singles matchups went to third-set superbreakers, with Brandeis' Roberta Bergstein (Hingham, Mass.) topping first-year Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-2) at five and Vandroff edging Beavers' junior Victoria Lorido (Miami, Fla.), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4), at six.