Squad starts off spring season strong with close victory
The women’s tennis team opened up its second half of the season with a narrow 4-3 win over Bryant University.
The team played its first match since Oct. 22 and was able to rally in singles to overcome tough losses in doubles. This marks the first team win for the season after three tournaments during the first half of the season.
Sabrina Ross Neergaard ’20 handled her opponent well in the No. 1 singles spot with a tiebreak win, 10-3. Haley Cohen ’18 did the same in the No. 2 position, coming away with a 10-3 tiebreak win. Cohen seemed to have the edge with a 6-4 opening set win but could not hold on in the second set, falling 6-2 and forcing a tiebreak.
The Judges were not able to come away with a unanimous decision, falling in two matches against Bryant. Sophia He ’19 was overpowered in a 6-0, 6-2 loss, while Keren Khromchenko ’19 fell in a close 6-4, 6-3 match.
The rest of the Judges’ singles wins came with ease, as Olivia Leavitt ’19 crossed up her opponent in a 6-3, 6-2 victory. Michele Lehat ’19 breezed to a win after her No. 6 singles opponent retired to conclude the score at 6-4, 4-3.
Lehat’s win proved to be the game-winning match, pushing the Judges from a 3-2 deficit to a 4-3 win.
The Judges lost all three doubles matches, ceding one full point to Bryant. Neergaard and Leavitt fell in a 6-2 loss, while Cohen and He were bageled in their lone set against Bryant.
The Judges will continue their second half against the California Institute of Technology on Feb. 20.