The UR women’s tennis team traveled to the greater Boston area this past weekend for two matches against tough competition. On Saturday afternoon, the women fell to the Brandeis University Judges, 1-8. The ‘Jackets quickly rebounded to defeat the Babson College Beavers, 6-3, on Sunday morning.

At Brandeis’s Gosman Athletic Center, the UR women were outplayed by the Judges. In the six singles matches, the only win was at the No. 4 singles position, with senior Colleen Cross dominating Brandeis player Ariana Sanai, 6-1, 6-2. UR teammates senior Alexa Perry and freshmen Lia Weiner, Elana Polivy, Nisha Javeri and Diane Samuels all put up valiant effort but did not post any wins.

The Judges also swept all three doubles matches. The pairs of Weiner and Perry, Cross and Polivy and Javeri and Samuels could not sustain the momentum to overtake the competition.

The match against Brandeis was important in the schedule due to the fact that the Judges are the only team in the University Athletic Association that the ‘Jackets face in the regular season.

The UR women stepped up their game as they faced Babson on Sunday. In the singles competition, the ‘Jackets took the top three spots.

Weiner and Polivy won the No. 1 and No. 2 spots with scores of 6-2, 6-2 and 7-6, 6-2, respectively.

Cross continued her singles winning streak from the Brandeis match to defeat Babson’s Jessica Huang. Cross and Huang were tightly tied in the first two sets, 6-7, 7-6, but Cross pulled through in a tiebreaker with a clear win, 10-1. Freshman Maria Janda won at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-4.

The women also made a strong showing in the doubles matches. The duos of Weiner and Perry and Cross and Polivy both won their No. 1 and No. 2 sets, 8-4. Babson scored only one point against UR and it came in the No. 3 doubles spot against junior Deborah Katz and Javeri.

The ‘Jackets return back home to Rochester with a 8-4 record. Brandeis improved its record to 7-4 while Babson slipped to 13-7.

The next competitor the ‘Jackets will face is St. Lawrence University at home on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m.

Endres is a member of the class of 2009.



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