No. 20 women's tennis rallies past MIT, 6-3

Carley Cooke '15 (photo by Adam Levin)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The 20th-ranked Brandeis women's tennis team improved to 13-2 on the season today by rallying past host MIT, 6-3. The Judges came back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles action to earn the victory.

Rookies Dylan Schlesinger (Miami, Fla./Palmetto) and Simone Vandroff (Moss Beach, Fla./Half Moon Bay) earned Brandeis's lone doubles point at No. 3, 8-3, as the squads split at the bottom two spots. The Engineers duo of Anastasia Vishnevetsky and Michelle Dutt pulled off an upset at No. 1, using a late break of service to defeat the Judges' pairing of junior Faith Broderick (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) and rookie Carley Cooke (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma), 9-7, to take the lead into singles action.

Brandeis sophomore Roberta Bergstein (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) tied the score at No. 6 when her opponent retired after Bergstein won the first set, 6-1. Broderick avenged her doubles loss to Dutt in quick fashion, picking up a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 2. Sophomore Alexa Katz (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) got the Judges within one point of victory with a 6-1, 6-2, victory at No. 5, and Cooke completed the comeback at the top spot with a 6-1, 6-4, defeat of Vishnevetsky. Sophomore Allyson Bernstein (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) closed out the Judges' scoring at No. 3, 6-3, 6-2. Vandroff suffered the only Brandeis loss, falling to Julia Hu at No. 4, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6, in a third-set super-tiebreaker.

The Judges close out their schedule with a pair of matchups with two more nationally-ranked squads, facing No. 19 Wellesley on Saturday afternoon on the road at 12:30 p.m. and No. 28 Trinity (Conn.) in their final home match of the season at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.