Women's tennis cruises past shorthanded NYU, tops Rochester, 6-3, to finish 5th at UAAs

Allyson Bernstein '14 (photo courtesy Chicago sports information)
Allyson Bernstein '14 (photo courtesy Chicago sports information)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Brandeis women's tennis team took advantage of a shorthanded NYU squad to advance to the fifth-place match at the 2012 University Athletic Association tournament with a 9-0 win. With their top players rested, the Judges were able to defeat Rochester, 6-3, in that fifth place match. With the win, the Judges close the regular season with a 15-5 record, their highest win total in 30 years.

With NYU only fielding four players, the Judges were able to move some of their players up in the singles lineup. Sophomore Allyson Bernstein (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) routed her opponent at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Classmate Alexa Katz (Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends) won her second set in a tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), at second singles. Brandeis won a pair of third-set super-tiebreakers to take victories at No. 3 and 4, with Dylan Schlesinger (Miami, Fla./Palmetto) emerging with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-6 win and sophomore Marissa Lazar (Hewlett, N.Y./Lynbrook) rallying from a set downto take a 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 win. 

In the fifth place match, against Rochester, the Judges were looking to match the 1980-81 squad that went 15-1 as the only two squads in school history to win 15 matches in a season. Brandeis jumped out to a 2-1 lead in doubles action as rookies Dylan Schlesinger (Miami, Fla./Palmetto) and Simone Vandroff (Moss Beach, Calif./Half Moon Bay) took an 8-5 decision at No. 3, while classmate Carley Cooke (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and junior Faith Broderick (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) won at No. 1, 8-6, to improve to 14-5 on the season as a team.

In singles action, the Judges won four of six matches, with Cooke and Broderick taking advantage of the rest they got from the morning session to outlast their opponents in three sets. Cooke finished her rookie campaign at 15-4 in dual matches with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Frances Tseng at No. 1, while Broderick's 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, win at No. 2 gave her a 14-3 record in 2011-12. Bernstein and Vandroff earned straight-set wins at third and fourth singles to help clinch the win for the Judges. Bernstein, who earned the additional win against NYU, finished with a team-best 16 wins for the Judges this season.


#20 Brandeis 9, NYU 0

4/28/2012 at Altamonte Springs, Fla. 

Singles competition
1. Allyson Bernstein (BRWTEN) def. Ramya Pokala (NYU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Alexa Katz (BRWTEN) def. Alexandra Ziarko (NYU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
3. Dylan Schlesinger (BRWTEN) def. Megan Moore (NYU) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
4. Marissa Lazar (BRWTEN) def. Haley Mears (NYU) 1-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
5. No player (BRWTEN) def. No player (NYU), walkover
6. No player (BRWTEN) def. No player (NYU), walkover
Doubles competition
1. Faith Broderick/Carley Cooke (BRWTEN) def. Megan Moore/Ramya Pokala (NYU) 8-2
2. Roberta Bergstein/Nina Levine (BRWTEN) def. Haley Mears/Alexandra Ziarko (NYU) 8-3
3. Dylan Schlesinger/Simone Vandroff (BRWTEN) def. No player/No player (NYU) 97-0
Match Notes
NYU 0-11
Brandeis 14-5; National ranking #20
2012 UAA Championship Consolation Semifinal


#20 Brandeis 6, Rochester 3
Apr 28, 2012 at Altamonte Springs, Fla. (Sanlando Park) 


Singles competition
1. Carley Cooke (BRWTEN) def. Frances Tseng (URW) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Faith Broderick (BRWTEN) def. Alexandra Goodman (URW) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Allyson Bernstein (BRWTEN) def. Danielle Shreck (URW) 6-3, 6-2
4. Simone Vandroff (BRWTEN) def. Jamie Bow (URW) 6-2, 6-4
5. Rachel Suresky (URW) def. Alexa Katz (BRWTEN) 6-3, 6-4
6. Cara Genbauffe (URW) def. Roberta Bergstein (BRWTEN) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles competition
1. Faith Broderick/Carley Cooke (BRWTEN) def. Jamie Bow/Frances Tseng (URW) 8-6
2. Alexandra Goodman/Danielle Shreck (URW) def. Roberta Bergstein/Nina Levine (BRWTEN) 8-4
3. Dylan Schlesinger/Simone Vandroff (BRWTEN) def. Cara Genbauffe/Janice Zhao (URW) 8-5 
Match Notes
Rochester 9-6
Brandeis 15-5; National ranking #20
2012 UAA Championship 5th Place Match