#24 women's tennis comes up just short against #10 WashU, 5-4, in UAA quarters

Carley Cooke '15 and Faith Broderick '13 (photo by Sportspix.biz/Jan Volk)

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- In quarterfinal match at the 2013 University Athletic Association tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla., the sixth-seeded Brandeis University women's tennis team pushed third-seeded Washington University to the final match, but the Bears prevailed, 5-4, to advance to the winner's bracket. The Judges, ranked 24th nationally, fall to 8-9 on the season and will face the University of Rochester in tomorrow's consolation semifinals, while WashU improves to 14-5 and will take on Carnegie Mellon tomorrow in the championship semis.

Brandeis jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles action. Sophomore Carley Cooke (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) and senior  Faith Broderick (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville) took an 8-2 decision at first doubles, while juniors Ally Bernstein (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) and Marissa Lazar (Hewlett, N.Y./Lynbrook) were 8-3 victors at No. 3. The Judges nearly swept doubles action, but the Bears' No. 2 squad of These Petraskova and Jamie Silverberg rallied from down 7-6 to win the final three games of the match to win, 9-7, over Brandeis's Simone Vandroff (Half Moon Bay, Calif./Moss Valley) and Roberta Bergstein (Hingham, Mass./Hingham)

In singles action, the Bears got off to a fast start, winning in straight sets at No. 3, 4 and 5, to take a 4-2 lead. The top of Brandeis's lineup got them back in the contest, however, with Cooke edging Petraskova in straight sets, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, and Broderick rallying from a set down to defeat Silverberg, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. 

The match was then decided at No. 6 singles. Washington's Corinne Rauck won the first set, 6-4, while Brandeis rookie Maya Vasser (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle) took the second with a late break, 7-5. In the third set, Rauck did not let up, winning 6-0, to clinch a second-straight 5-4 win over the Judges in the UAA quarters. 

Brandeis University Women's Tennis
Brandeis vs Washington U. (Apr 25, 2013)

#10 Washington U. 5, #24 Brandeis 4
Apr 25, 2013 at Altamonte Springs, Fla. 

Singles competition
1. Carley Cooke (BRWTEN) def. Theresa Petraskova (WASHUW) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
2. Faith Broderick (BRWTEN) def. Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
3. Kate Klein (WASHUW) def. Allyson Bernstein (BRWTEN) 6-3, 6-1
4. Aly Coran (WASHUW) def. Simone Vandroff (BRWTEN) 6-0, 6-3
5. Paige Madara (WASHUW) def. Roberta Bergstein (BRWTEN) 6-1, 6-2
6. Corinne Rauck (WASHUW) def. Maya Vasser (BRWTEN) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Carley Cooke/Faith Broderick (BRWTEN) def. Kate Klein/Corinne Rauck (WASHUW) 8-2
2. Theresa Petraskova/Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) def. Simone Vandroff/Roberta Bergstein (BRWTEN) 9-7
3. Allyson Bernstein/Marissa Lazar (BRWTEN) def. Aly Coran/Paige Madara (WASHUW) 8-3
Match Notes
Brandeis 8-9; National ranking #24
Washington U. 14-5; National ranking #10
2013 UAA Championship Quarterfinal