LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates sophomore Hannah Sweeney defeated her opponent at No. 1 singles for the Bobcats' lone point, as the No. 37 nationally ranked Bobcats fell 8-1 to No. 19 Brandeis 8-1 on Sunday in Merrill Gymnasium.
Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) rose to 4-1 at No. 1 singles, including a 4-0 mark against non-Division I opponents with her 7-6, 6-4 defeat of Brandeis's Diana Dehterevich.
The Judges (3-2), however, took control of the match by sweeping doubles play for a 3-0 lead. Olivia Leavitt and Lauren Bertsch defeated Sweeney and first-year Anna Rozin (Toronto, Ontario) 8-4 at first doubles, and Brandeis prevailed in tight matches at both second and third doubles, as Dehterevich and Keren Khromchenko edged senior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) and junior Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) 8-7(4) at No. 2, and Ana Hatfield and Sophia He got past Bates junior Lauren Hernandez (Dayton, N.J.) and first-year Sydney Byrnes (Aix-en-Provence, France) 8-6 at third doubles.
The Bobcats put up a fight up and down the singles ledger but only mustered the point at No. 1. Rozin fell in three sets to Khromchenko at third singles, 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3, while Rovinski batted He in a 6-4, 7-5 loss at No. 5. Hernandez's match at No. 6 singles against Michele Lehat was suspended in the interest of time.
Bates will play at Connecticut College in a NESCAC match on Saturday at 10am.