No. 21 Brandeis prevails over women's tennis 6-3 in home opener

Kate Hernandez and Bates women's tennis hosted No. 21 Brandeis in a 6-3 loss on March 3, 2017, in the Bobcats' home opener in Merrill Gymnasium. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

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.