#6 Women's Tennis Earns 6-3 NESCAC Nail-biter Over #14 Bowdoin

Zoe Miller's win at No. 5 singles clinched the Tufts victory

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The #6 Tufts University women's tennis team prevailed for a 6-3 win over NESCAC foe and #14 ranked Bowdoin College on Sunday in a back-and-forth match that was tightly contested throughout.

The Jumbos earned a 2-1 advantage after doubles play, but the two teams traded singles wins before Tufts senior co-captain Zoe Miller put Tufts up 5-3 after her No. 5 singles win, clinching the match in the second-to-last contest of the afternoon. The match wrapped up regular season play for both teams, and was held on Sunday afternoon in Brunswick, Maine.

Bowdoin pair Viv Daniel and Rachel Bercovitch put Bowdoin on the board at No. 2 doubles with a 8-1 victory over Lauren Louks and Patricia Obeid. The Jumbos stormed back however, earning wins at both No. 1 and No. 3.

Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa evened the score for Tufts at No. 1 with a 8-3 win over Tess Trinka and Izzy Essi. Jumbos tandem Kat Wiley and Zoe Miller followed that up with a 8-6 win at No. 3, giving Tufts a 2-1 edge after doubles play.

Louks bounced back to give the Jumbos their first singles victory of the day in the No. 3 match, taking down Bowdoin's Bercovitch 6-0, 6-3. The Polar Bears responded at No. 6, as Javanovic defeated Wiley 6-3, 6-1 making the team score 3-2.

Jumbos junior Tomo Iwasaki used three sets to beat Essi at No. 4, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, putting Tufts up 4-2 with three very competitive matches left to be decided. Trinka, #16 in ITA rankings, pushed Bowdoin closer with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win over Obeid at No. 1, closing the gap to 4-3. 

The No. 5 match was a three-set nail-biter, but Miller prevailed over Daniel 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to clinch the match for the Jumbos. Karamercan, #21 in ITA rankings, lost the first set of a tight three-set contest at No. 2, but fought back to take the final two sets and get a 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2 win over Christ.

The match was the final regular-season contest for both teams. The NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship begins on May 4, and is hosted by Amherst College.