No. 28 Judges women's tennis slam Poets, 6-3

WHITTIER, Calif. --  The Brandeis University women's tennis team, ranked No. 28 in Division III, defeated host Whittier College, 6-3, to kick off their spring season. The Judges improve to 3-0 overall on the campaign, while the Poets fall to 1-1. 

Brandeis fell behind early, dropping an 8-3 decision at No. 2 doubles, but rookies Roberta Bergstein (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and Alexa Katz (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) earned an 8-2 win to knot the score at 1-all. Senior Rachel Rosman (Bonita Springs, Fla./Estero) and sophomore Faith Broderick (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) gave the Judges the edge headed into singles with an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles.

In singles action, the top of the lineup took care of business quickly to clinch the match. Rosman lost just two games at No. 1, 6-2, 6-0, and classmate Mackenzie Gallegos (Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood) won 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 to put the Judges on the brink of victory. Broderick clinched the win, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2, while junior Nina Levine (Westport, Conn./Staples) closed out the scoring for the Judges with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 rally at No. 6. The Poets earned the last two points of the match at Nos. 4 and 5 with a pair of come-from-behind three-set wins.

Brandeis returns to action in California on Wednesday against the University of Redlands.

#28 Brandeis 6, Whittier 3
Feb 21, 2011 at Whittier, Calif. (Ettinger Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Rachel Rosman (BRWTEN) def. Liliana Serylo (WC) 6-2, 6-0
2. Faith Broderick (BRWTEN) def. Adrienne Hamada (WC) 6-4, 6-2
3. Mackenzie Gallegos (BRWTEN) def. Kady Oliker (WC) 6-2, 6-1
4. Chloe Dredge (WC) def. Allyson Bernstein (BRWTEN) 4-6, 6-1, 10-8
5. Lauren Gelgur (WC) def. Roberta Bergstein (BRWTEN) 5-7, 6-3, 10-5
6. Nina Levine (BRWTEN) def. Rachel Aelion-Moss (WC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Faith Broderick/Rachel Rosman (BRWTEN) def. Liliana Serylo/Adrienne Hamada (WC) 8-5
2. Kady Oliker/Chloe Dredge (WC) def. Mackenzie Gallegos/Nina Levine (BRWTEN) 8-3
3. Roberta Bergstein/Alexa Katz (BRWTEN) def. Lauren Gelgur/Brianna Campanero (WC) 8-2
Match Notes
Brandeis 3-0; National ranking #28
Whittier 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,3,2,6,4,5)
T-3:15 A-35