#6 Women's Tennis Sweeps Saturday Double-header with 8-1 Win over Bates

MEDFORD – The sixth-ranked Tufts University women's tennis team swept its own version of a double-header on Saturday with an 8-1 victory over Bates College in NESCAC action at Voute Courts.

Otilia Popa and her partner Mina Karamercan have not lost in doubles this spring

Earlier in the day, head coach Kate Bayard's team had posted an 8-1 win at Brandeis University. With the two victories, the Jumbos are now 6-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

Bates College, ranked #28 nationally, fell to 7-4 and 1-1 in the league.

The match got off to a roaring start for the Jumbos as the #1 doubles pair of Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa won 8-1. They remained undefeated this spring at 8-0.

The Jumbos would take a 2-0 lead in the match as Zoe Miller and Kat Wiley combined on an 8-3 victory in third doubles. However, Bates avoided the doubles shutout with an 8-7 (7) win by Lauren Hernandez and Hannah Sweeney. It was the first time we've seen a 7-7 doubles tie-breaker - instituted experimentally this year - played in a Jumbo match.

Any momentum the Bobcats had with their third doubles win ended quickly in singles. Victories by Jumbos Lauren Louks at #3 (6-1, 6-0), Julia Keller at #6 (6-1, 6-1) and Kat Wiley on the fifth singles court (6-1, 6-0) secured the victory for Tufts.

Tufts did not lose a set in singles and gave up only 19 games. Freshman Patricia Obeid improved to 8-2 for the year with a 6-2, 6-2 win at #1. Tomo Iwasaki was a 6-3, 6-2 winner in fourth singles. Junior Mina Karamercan was the last off in singles with her 6-4, 6-2 final at #2. She improved to 7-1 this spring with her seventh consecutive singles win.

The Jumbos will hit the road for the next few weeks starting with next Friday's match at #13 MIT. Bates hosts Amherst College next Saturday.

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