(Feature photo from 2019-20 season)
|Casey Cummings did not lose a game in her third singles match.|
WALTHAM – Playing the first competition by a Tufts Athletics team in 389 days, the Tufts University women's tennis team scored a 9-0 victory at Brandeis University on Saturday afternoon.
Head coach Kate Bayard's Women's Tennis Jumbos were the first of three Tufts teams in action today. Tufts sports returned for the first time since a men's lacrosse game against Ithaca College on March 10, 2020. Sports were shut down at Tufts after that lax contest due to COVID-19.
With today's decisive victory, the Jumbo women's tennis team improved upon their 6-3 win over neighboring rival Brandeis when the teams last met on April 11, 2019. Today's match was the season opener for the Judges as well.
Tufts sophomore Maddie Suk and junior Anna Lowy got the Jumbos out to a quick 1-0 lead with an 8-1 victory in third doubles over Judges Isabel Cepeda and Olivia Howe. The Tufts first and second pairs followed suit pretty quickly. The #1 duo of juniors Maggie Dorr and Caroline Garrido defeated Brandeis' top pair of Lauren Bertsch and Nikita Salkar 8-2. Completing the doubles sweep for the Jumbos was the sophomore team of Tilly Rigby and Casey Cummings by an 8-3 score in the second match.
Making her collegiate debut, freshman Zoe Kava earned Tufts' first singles win 6-2, 6-0 against Howe in the #6 match. Tufts then secured the victory with a 6-1, 6-0 final earned by Suk over Ella Subramanian in the fourth match for a 5-0 Tufts lead.
Rigby, Tufts' top-ranked singles player at #28 nationally and 10th regionally following 2019-20, won her #1 match 6-1, 6-4 over Bertsch. Cummings dominated at #3, not losing a game in a 6-0, 6-0 final to put the Jumbos up 7-0. The match finished out with senior co-captain and #5 starter today Patricia Obeid taking a 6-4, 6-4 win over Cepeda, then Dorr finishing off the shutout by coming from behind to win 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 in second singles over Ana Hatfield.
Tufts, ranked 11th nationally at the end of last spring, is scheduled to host Connecticut College next on April 17, though there's potential for matches to be added next weekend (Apr. 10-11). Brandeis is scheduled to host Merrimack next Friday.