WELLESLEY/WALTHAM - The Tufts University women's tennis team had no problem with two nationally ranked teams today during play at the Wellesley Invitational. Tufts defeated #18 College of New Jersey (TCNJ), 5-0, and then posted an 8-1 victory at #30 Brandeis.
Tufts and TCNJ played to five, with the Jumbos rolling to the victory in the match played at Wellesley College. They swept the three doubles matches, including an 8-1 victory by the #1 pair of Julia Browne (Old Brookville, NY) and Shelci Bowman (Dallas, TX).
Sophomore Lauren Hollender (Newton, MA) and first year Sam Gann (Massapequa, NY) took care of business in singles, ending the match with their wins at #5 and #6, respectively. Hollender gave up just one game, while Gann lost only three.
Doubles play again set the tone against Brandeis, with the #3 pair of Gann and sophomore Janice Lam (San Francisco, CA) winning 8-2 as part of a three-match sweep.
In singles, Hollender and Gann again dominated at the bottom of the order allowing their opponent only four and three games, respectively. Bowman scored a 6-0, 6-3 win on the third court, while sophomore Lindsay Katz (Baltimore, MD) won 6-4, 6-1 at #2. Browne won a 10-3 super tie-breaker at #1 after losing the first set 6-2.
The lone victory by an opponent for the day was by Brandeis' Ally Bernstein in the #4 singles match.
The two wins lifted the Tufts record to 7-2 heading into a key NESCAC match at home against #12 Bowdoin on Friday. The loss was just the second of the season for TCNJ (10-2), while Brandeis dropped to 9-5.