The women’s tennis team improved to 8-1 after sweeping its matches against Binghamton, UMBC, and Massachusetts, all 7-0 this weekend at Reis Tennis Center. The netters took every point in all three matches, dropping only one of out three doubles contests in each match. Junior Suzanne Wright led the way for the Red, winning all of her first singles matches in straight sets.
“We had a really successful weekend. It was a good confidence booster for the team,” said head coach Angela Rudert. “All of the teams [we played] could have taken a point from us, but we swept them.”
The Red opened the weekend against Binghamton (2-4) on Saturday by taking the doubles point, with junior Nicole Chiu and freshman Erika Takeuchi taking the second contest, and freshman Melissa Tu and junior Saloni Kantaria winning at the No. 3 position. Wright, sophomore Laura Leigh Tallent, junior Piper Lucas, sophomore Kate Sternberg, Chiu, and Tu won all six singles matches to cap off the 7-0 victory.
Later that afternoon, the netters squared off against University of Maryland, Baltimore County (5-4) and again came away with the win. Fatigued from the previous match, the Red held out against the tougher UMBC squad. The Red took the doubles points by winning the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, and Wright, Tallent, Takeuchi, freshman Akane Kokubo, Lucas, and Sternberg were all winners in their respective singles contests.
“To pull out a 7-0 win when you’re tired is a lot tougher, so it means a little more,” remarked Rudert.
To finish up the weekend, the Red hosted University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2-11) yesterday afternoon. The netters took the doubles points with wins at the number 1 and number three positions, with Wright, Tallent, Kokubo, Lucas, Chiu, and Tu winning their singles matches in straight sets.
Facing weaker teams for much of the beginning of the season, the Red will face stiffer competition next week, when it travels to Louisiana to take on Tulane, New Orleans, and Louisiana-Lafayette.
“[The team] is up for some challenges in Louisiana. [They’re] really excited. These matches will help us get ready for the Ivy season,” Rudert said.
Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach