MALIBU, Calif. – The No. 12 Tufts University women's tennis team posted a commanding 6-0 record in singles action, to go along with a 2-1 performance in doubles, as the Jumbos opened up the 2017 spring season with an 8-1 victory over No. 40 Oberlin on Sunday at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
|Katherine Wiley posted a pair of victories on Sunday for the Jumbos.|
Sophomore Mina Karamercan dominated during No. 1 singles, as she defeated junior Sarah Hughes in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The Istanbul, Turkey, native is picking up right where she left off last season, as she collected All-NESCAC Team honors and Rookie of the Year recognition with a 15-3 record last spring in singles action.
Sophomore Tomo Iwasaki followed Karamercan's lead in No. 2 doubles, outlasting senior Emma Brezel, 6-2, 6-0. Iwasaki was an all-around strong contributor as a first-year collegiate player, finishing with a 14-5 record in singles and a 14-6 record in doubles action during the 2016 spring season.
Freshman Katherine Wiley is already making her presence felt for the Jumbos, as she competed in No. 3 singles, posting a 6-2, 6-2, win over junior Mayada Audeh.
Senior captain Conner Calabro, who posted a combined 28-12 record in singles and doubles action last spring, did not make it easy for herself in No. 4 singles, but she was able to outlast freshman Delaney Black, 2-6, 6-2, 10-1.
Senior captain Alexa Meltzer was victorious over junior Jackie McDermott in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-1, and then sophomore Julia Keller rounded out the Jumbos' perfect showing in singles action, defeating freshman Rainie Heck, 6-0, 6-1.
Junior Lauren Louks and Karamercan, who finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 6 nationally in doubles, suffered an early-season defeat at the hands of Brezel and Hughes, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles.
The Jumbos rebounded in No. 2 doubles, as Wiley and sophomore Otilia Popa outperformed McDermott and Audeh, 8-3. The No. 3 doubles match came down to the wire, but Calabro and Iwasaki were able to dig deep and prevail, 9-7 (5), over senior Olivia Hay and Black.
The Jumbos will be back in action on Tuesday with a 2:30 p.m. tilt against No. 37 Carleton in Claremont, California. The Jumbos will compete in their home opener on March 29 against No. 18 Brandeis at 3 p.m.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern