CLAREMONT, Calif. – For the second consecutive match, the No. 12 Tufts University women's tennis team did not lose a single set, as the Jumbos downed No. 21 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 9-0, on Wednesday at Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, California.
|Otilia Popa was a crucial factor in the Jumbos' victory in No. 2 doubles.|
The Jumbos (3-0) have now opened the spring season with three consecutive wins in back-to-back years, as the squad has now won 26 of 27 games this season. The Jumbos have only lost two sets during the 2017 spring season.
"I am pleased with the positive energy the team has had throughout our matches so far," head coach Kate Bayard said. "The teams we have played have all had strong doubles teams, and that has helped us continue to develop our doubles skills."
Junior Lauren Louks and sophomore Mina Karamercan continue to get better on a daily basis, as Louks was victorious in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-3, against senior Megan Humphreys, and then Karamercan cruised to a straight-set triumph, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 2 singles over junior Alexandra Talyansky.
The two athletes found themselves in a battle against Humphreys and junior Jillian Wallace during No. 1 doubles. The match went 16 games, but the two battle-tested Jumbos prevailed, 9-7.
Freshman Katherine Wiley has been an immediate impact player for the Jumbos, as she was victorious in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1, over Wallace. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native has posted a 6-0 record this spring, with three victories in singles and another trio in doubles action. In singles action, she has won 36 games and only lost 12, as she has not lost a set in individual action.
On Wednesday, Wiley teamed up with sophomore Otilia Popa for an 8-4 win in No. 2 doubles over Talyansky and junior Alicia Beck. Senior captain Alexa Meltzer fought her way to a 6-4 first-set victory against Beck in No. 4 singles, and then cruised with a 6-0 win during the second set.
In No. 5 singles, senior captain Conner Calabro defeated junior Brittany Goebel, 6-3, 6-1, and then sophomore Julia Keller outlasted senior Rachel Siemon, 6-3, 6-1, during No. 6 singles. Calabro and sophomore Tomo Iwasaki recorded a convincing 8-0 victory against Goebel and Siemon during No. 3 doubles.
The Jumbos will be tested on Thursday, as they will square off against No. 6 University of Chicago in Claremont, California.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern