Anastasia Sia ’25 (Photo by Cayla Fernandes)
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women’s tennis team ended a six-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Division II Franklin Pierce College today. The judges, who had lost four matches by a score of 5-4 this season, improved their record to 4-10 on the year. The Ravens fall to 12-5.
The judges took a 2-1 lead after double action. First year Cecilia Denis (Ardmore, PA/Lower Merion) and second Nikita Salkar (Mumbai, India/ Mourataglou Tennis Academy) opened the scoring with an 8-2 win at #3. After FPU evened things up with an 8-4 win at No. 2, the early years Sabrina Loui (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) and Bhakti Parwani (Ahmedabad, India/Kumkum School) puts Brandeis on top with an 8-5 win at No. 1.
Singles matches came and went. Franklin Pierce tied the game with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 by Anais Geslin over Brandeis senior Ana Hatfield (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Central Catholic). Parwani rode to No. 1, 6-0, 6-3, to put the judges back on top, but Zoe Asterio Correa beat Brandeis as a sophomore Jiayi Zhang (Shanghai, China / Shanghai International)6-3, 6-2, to tie at 3-all.
Loui picked up his second victory of the day with a 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 3, while the Ravens prevailed at No. 2, where Himani Mor eliminated Salkar, 6-2, 6- 3. The match was decided at No. 5, where the freshman Anastasia Sia (Thessaloniki, Greece / Anatolia College) used a few late breaks of serve in each set to claim a 7-5, 6-4 victory. The win was Sia’s eighth lead of the team of the season double game, at positions three through six.
Brandeis returns to action on Friday, April 15andwith a match at Wesleyan University.