Women's Tennis Opens 2018-19 Season at Home with Jumbo Invitational

Co-captain Julia Keller was part of a Tufts doubles win

MEDFORD – Senior Tomo Iwasaki and freshman Caroline Garrido advanced to the round of 16 in the singles draw as the Tufts University women's tennis team opened its 2018-19 season at the Jumbo Invitational on Friday.

Hosted at Tufts' Voute Courts, a 32-player singles draw and 16-team doubles bracket were contested by Tufts, Amherst, MIT and Wesleyan, all top 10 teams in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll for the 2017-18 season.

Iwasaki defeated Alissa Nakamoto from Wesleyan in the opening round of singles play 6-4, 2-6, 10-6. She will play Jacqueline Bukzin from Amherst in the second round on Saturday at 9 a.m. Garrido, playing her collegiate debut, defeated Lara Rakocevic from MIT 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round. She advances to face #2 singles seed Libby Rickman from MIT on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Tufts also recorded three victories in doubles play. The tandem of sophomore Patricia Obeid with Garrido won their opening match 8-7 (2) versus Polina Kiseleva and Venia Yeung from Wesleyan. Tufts first-years Nicole Frankel and Maggie Dorr combined on an 8-6 victory against MIT's Amber Shen and Rakocevic. Senior Julia Keller and Iwasaki defeated Wesleyan's Megan Tran and Zoe Klass-Warch handily 8-2. However, all three Jumbo duos lost in the quarterfinals.

The Jumbos will have six players who lost first-round singles matches on Friday active in the consolation bracket on Saturday - Keller, Dorr, Obeid, freshman Anna Lowry, sophomore Kiara Rose and Frankel.

Action resumes tomorrow at 9 a.m.