MEDFORD, Mass. – Sophomore Mina Karamercan reeled off a match-clinching win at the top slot on the singles side for the No. 8 Tufts University women's tennis team on Saturday, as the Jumbos did not lose a single set during a 9-0 triumph over NESCAC Conference-foe Hamilton on Senior Day in Medford, Massachusetts.
|Chelsea Hayashi improved to 3-0 during singles matches in 2017.|
The Jumbos (12-4, 5-2 in NESCAC) honored their phenomenal five-person senior class, featuring captains Alexa Meltzer and Conner Calabro, Jacqueline Baum, Hannah Conroy and Chelsea Hayashi. Baum, Calabro, Hayashi and Meltzer have suited up for the Jumbos in four consecutive years, while Conroy was a three-year member on the team.
Baum (3-1 during doubles matches in 2017) and sophomore Julia Keller opened up the match with a dominant performance during the No. 3 flight, downing sophomore Claudia Morse and freshman Iona Forrester, 8-0. Karamercan and junior Lauren Louks were nearly flawless during an 8-1 triumph over senior captain Winnie Tang and sophomore Jane Haffer at the top slot.
Hayashi, who has gone a perfect 3-0 on the individual side this spring, opened up singles action at the No. 5 slot for the Jumbos, as she won 12 games and did not lose a single game during a 6-0, 6-0 win against Morse. Karamercan immediately followed up with her match-clinching performance, as she bested Tang in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Meltzer, who maintains an 11-3 record on the singles side in 2017, took on Haffer at the No. 3 slot and came away victorious in the first and second sets, by scores of 6-2 and 6-3, respectively. Louks went undefeated with a 6-0 victory in opening-set action against Keyte at the second slot, and then battled her way to a 6-2 win in the second.
Calabro, who has a 12-3 mark in singles action this spring, claimed a 6-1, 6-0 win over Weeks at the No. 4 slot, and then junior Zoe Miller won by forfeit at the No. 6 slot, closing out the match.
The Jumbos have two regular-season NESCAC Conference matches left, as the team will travel to Hartford, Connecticut, for a matchup against Trinity on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The squad will close out its regular-season slate on Saturday with a noon tilt against No. 4 Williams in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern