CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 12 Tufts University women's tennis team is off to a quick start in the 2017 season, as the Jumbos have won their opening two dual events by a combined score of 17-1 under head coach Kate Bayard.
|Julia Keller improved to 2-0 in singles action during the 2017 season.|
The Jumbos (2-0) defeated No. 37 Carleton, 9-0, during a neutral-site match on Tuesday in Claremont, California, as the squad did not lose a single set during the nine matches. The Jumbos opened their season with an 8-1 triumph over No. 40 Oberlin on Sunday in Malibu, California.
The Jumbos were tested with some tight matches on Tuesday, as senior captain Alexa Meltzer won her opening set, 6-2, against sophomore Kristina Conrad. The second set was a battle, but Meltzer was able to dig deep and prevail, 7-5, for a straight-set victory in No. 5 singles.
Freshman Katherine Wiley and sophomore Otilia Popa performed their best when it mattered most during No. 2 doubles, as they were able to work as a cohesive unit and outlast junior Danielle Vasiliev and senior Caitlin Shea, 9-7.
Junior Lauren Louks, who competed in singles and doubles action at the 2016 NCAA Division III Singles & Doubles Championships, continues to be a force to be reckoned with in No. 1 singles, as she defeated Vasiliev, 6-0, 6-2.
Sophomore Mina Karamercan, who was named NESCAC Conference Rookie of the Year during the 2015-16 season, posted a commanding 6-0, 6-1 triumph over freshman Iman Qureshi in No. 2 singles.
Sophomore Tomo Iwasaki defeated freshman Zoe Park, 6-2, 6-4, during No. 3 singles, and then Wiley outperformed Shea, 6-2, 6-3, in No. 4 singles. Sophomore Julia Keller posted an impressive outing with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over freshman Madeline Prins in No. 6 singles action.
Louks and Karamercan, who both earned All-NESCAC Team recognition last season, tallied an 8-4 victory against Prins and Qureshi in No. 1 doubles. During No. 3 doubles action, senior captain Conner Calabro and Iwasaki posted an 8-3 win over Park and junior Alana Danieu.
The Jumbos will continue their spring-break trip with a 9 a.m. matchup against No. 21 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Wednesday at Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern