W. tennis slams UMass, looks to Maryland

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Friday, March 6, 2009

The women’s tennis team (8-2) defeated UMass on Tuesday at the Pizzitola Center to win its fourth straight match – and its third straight match with a final score 7-0.

Head Coach Paul Wardlaw said the team was setting its sights even higher. “We are a much better team than the teams we are playing,” he said. “I think this is the first year we have a solid group, freshman through senior.”

Bianca Aboubakare ’11 and her sister Carissa Aboubakare ’12 played first doubles and won 8-4.

“Playing with Carissa is fun,” Bianca Aboubakare said. “We have been playing together our whole lives, so it’s natural.”

Sara Mansur ’09 and Cassandra Herzberg ’12 also won their doubles match, 8-3.

The doubles wins gave Brown a one-point lead heading into singles play, where the Bears won all six matches in straight sets.

Bianca Aboubakare (7-5, 6-4), Herzberg (6-2, 6-1), Mansur (6-2, 6-0), Tanja Vucetic ’10 (6-2, 6-2), Julie Flanzer ’12 (6-3, 6-4) and Catherine Stewart ’12 (6-2, 6-2) all won handily.

“Beating teams 7-0 is a good indication that we are improving a lot,” Bianca Aboubakare said. “All the girls, despite their ranks, are determined to win their matches, even if they know we already won.”

The Bears will take on West Virginia and Maryland this weekend in College Park, Md.

“The away game will make a difference, (with) different paces and courts,” Wardlaw said. “Some adjustments will need to be made, but we will practice on their courts Friday night. The toughest match will be against Maryland on Sunday.”