Women's Tennis Opens New Year with Strong 1st Day at MIT Invitational

Nicole Frankel played into the quarterfinal round with two singles wins on Friday.

CAMBRIDGE – On its first day of action for the 2019-20 schedule Friday, the Tufts University women's tennis team had three singles players and three doubles duos advance to the quarterfinal round of the MIT Invitational.

Sophomore Nicole Frankel and freshmen Maddie Suk and Mathilda Rigby will play singles quarterfinal matches on Saturday. The doubles pairs of sophomore Caroline Garrido with freshman Casey Cummings, Rigby and Suk and sophomore Maggie Dorr with freshman Michelle Shub have doubles quarterfinal matches also on Saturday.

Frankel opened her day with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 win over Wesleyan's Kristina Yu, who finished last year with the #26 ranking in Division III singles. Frankel then defeated MIT's Ashley Teng in the round of 16 by 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 scores.

For her two singles matches, Suk won in straight sets against Wesleyan's Sasha Gaeth 6-3 and 6-1 and defeated Claire Evans from Amherst 7-6 (1), 6-4. Rigby also had a fine collegiate debut with victories against Wesleyan's Megan Tran (6-2, 6-3) and Amherst's Sarah Park (6-1, 6-4).

In opening-round doubles action, the Cummings/Garrido tandem won 8-4 against Wesleyan's Alexis Almy and Gaeth. Rigby and Suk finished their Jumbo debuts undefeated as they combined on an 8-1 win over Sophie Henderson and Tran from Wesleyan. Dorr and Shub were 8-2 winners against Amherst's Maddie Dewire and Calista Sha.

Head coach Kate Bayard's Tufts team will also have Dorr and Cummings playing in the consolation singles quarterfinals tomorrow, and Frankel with sophomore Anna Lowy are in the doubles consolation quarterfinals.

For the day, Tufts players posted a 6-1 record against members of the Wesleyan program which won the NCAA Division III Championship last spring.

Play on Saturday begins at 9 am.