No. 7 Women’s Tennis Goes 5-1 in Singles Action during 7-2 Win over No. 33 Wellesley Wednesday

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Conner Calabro is going out in style for the No. 7 Tufts University women's tennis team. 

Julia Keller did not lose a single game during No. 6 singles Wednesday.

The senior captain improved to 8-0 in singles matches during the spring 2017 season on Wednesday, as she posted a match-clinching win in No. 5 singles during a 7-2 triumph over No. 33 Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. 

The Jumbos (8-1, 2-0 in NESCAC) extended their winning streak to four matches, as they went 5-1 in singles action and 2-1 on the doubles side. Sophomore Justine Huang led the Blue (10-4, 7-1 in NEWMAC), as she was victorious in singles and doubles competition. 

Sophomore Mina Karamercan is adjusting perfectly to life in the No. 1 slot. She dropped opening-set action, 6-3, to senior captain Carina Chen, but then rebounded with a convincing 6-1 second-set triumph. The Istanbul, Turkey, native showed what she was made of during the decisive third set, outlasting Chen, 7-5, as she improved to 5-0 in No. 1 singles this spring.  

Junior Lauren Louks was nearly flawless during No. 2 singles, as she posted a straight-set victory, 6-2, 6-1, against freshman Sarah Yan. The Malibu, California, native improved to 6-2 in singles action during the spring semester.

Sophomore Tomo Iwasaki and Huang faced off during No. 3 singles, as Huang prevailed with 6-4 and 6-3 victories. Senior captain Alexa Meltzer stepped up for the Jumbos during No. 4 singles, posting a 6-3, 6-3 win against senior captain Andjela Stojkovic. With the victory, Meltzer improved to 6-1 during singles matches in 2017. 

Calabro fought her way to a 6-4 opening-set victory over freshman Selina Peng during No. 5 singles, and then cruised to a commanding 6-0 win in second-set action. Sophomore Julia Keller has answered the bell every time head coach Kate Bayard has called her number this spring and that continued Wednesday. She did not lose a single game during No. 6 singles, as she swept sophomore Sojin Ki, 6-0, 6-0. 

During No. 1 doubles, Chen and Huang claimed the spotlight, as the duo outlasted Karamercan and Iwasaki, 8-6. Louks and sophomore Otilia Popa cruised to an emphatic 8-2 win against Stojkovic and Yan during No. 2 doubles. Senior Jacqueline Baum and Calabro were tested during No. 3 doubles, but the pair rose to the occasion, outlasting Peng and sophomore Rosanne Hu, 9-7. 

The Jumbos will resume NESCAC Conference play on Sunday with a 2 p.m. matchup against No. 9 Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. 

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern

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