Women's Tennis Opens 2019 NCAA Tournament With 5-0 Win Over Stevens

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Tufts University women's tennis opened the match with three doubles victories leading to a 5-0 win over Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at the Proctor Tennis Courts on the campus of Middlebury College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

With the victory, Tufts improves to 9-9 on the season and will play Middlebury in the NCAA Tournament Regional Final tomorrow at 12 pm. With the setback, Stevens ends their season at 11-8 overall.

Tufts junior Kat Wiley and first-year Anna Lowy opened the day with an 8-0 win against first-year Alexis Fuda and sophomore Chelsea Braithwaite in number three doubles. Jumbo sophomore Kiara Rose and first-year Maggie Dorr then completed their number one doubles match with an 8-1 win over senior Julia Earl and sophomore Makenna Sargis. Tufts seniors Tomo Iwasaki and Otilia Popa rounded out the Jumbos' doubles sweep over the Ducks with an 8-2 victory against junior Isabella Calandra and first-year Agatha Malinowski.

Rose picked up her second victory of the day in number six singles when she defeated sophomore Gabriella Tantillo 6-0, 6-1. Tufts first-year Nicole Frankel won the fifth and decisive match for the Jumbos when she recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sargis in number five singles.

Dorr at #1, Iwasaki at #2, Wiley at #4, and sophomore Patricia Obeid at #3 all had leads in their respective singles matches before Frankel sealed the victory for the Jumbos ending the contest.

Tufts fell 7-2 in their regular season match against Middlebury and are 8-12 against the Panthers dating back to 1999.

Head coach Kate Bayard's Jumbos are in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons.

Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello