LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates women's tennis team hosted No. 21 nationally ranked Brandeis University in its home opener Friday evening in Merrill Gymnasium, with the visiting Judges coming away with a hard-fought 6-3 non-conference victory.
Bates (1-3) led 2-1 after the conclusion of doubles play, despite No. 1 doubles duo of junior Maisie Silverman (Brunswick, Maine) and Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) falling 8-5 to Sabrina Neergaard and Olivia Leavitt. At second doubles, senior Elizabeth Erbafina (Sudbury, Mass.) and first-year Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) prevailed 8-2 over Haley Cohen and Ariana Ishaq, while at third doubles senior Kate Rosenthal (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) prevailed in a tiebreaker over Keren Khromchenko and Michele Lehat, 9-8 (5).
Brandeis (5-1) flexed its muscles in singles play, winning at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 in straight sets to claim its third consecutive victory. Neergaard won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 over Silverman. At No. 5 doubles, Bates senior Rosenthal won the first set before falling in a third-set tiebreaker to Lehat.
Bates received its lone singles point from senior Olivia Voccola (Falmouth, Maine), who downed Ishaq 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6.
Bates stays home on Saturday to play against Mount Holyoke College at 1pm. Brandeis plays at MIT Saturday at 11am.
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April 9, 2017 Women's tennis wins 7-2 at Trinity
April 2, 2017 Women's tennis falls 9-0 on the road at No. 4 Bowdoin
March 12, 2017 Women's tennis wins 8-1 at Hamilton
March 11, 2017 Women's tennis drops NESCAC opener at No. 3 Middlebury
February 24, 2017 Women's tennis drops close 5-4 match to Caltech
February 23, 2017 Women's tennis falls 9-0 at No. 6 Pomona-Pitzer
February 19, 2017 Women's tennis opens season with 5-3 win at Westmont
October 15, 2016 Women's tennis wins five matches at Bowdoin Invitational
September 23, 2016 Erbafina, Stone win first-round doubles match at ITA Championships