Womens tennis faced its first Ivy competition this past weekend as the squad traveled to Yale to play in the Bulldog Invitational against a number of competitive teams.
Bruno had a discouraging start, as only one of the four doubles pairs — Sarah Kandath ’15 and Ammu Mandalap ’16 — emerged victorious against the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Hokies, 8-5. Tech’s women’s team was ranked an impressive 53rd in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at the close of last year’s season.
The Bears lost in the opening match of Ivy doubles play against Dartmouth. Standout doubles pair Hannah Camhi ’16, a contributing writer for The Herald, and Dayna Lord ’17 fell to the Hokies. On the singles side of the court, Brown fared better Friday, with three wins and three losses against Iowa State University and a loss to No. 36 Yale.
Saturday’s competition was equally stiff, as the team was slated to face Virginia Tech once again, this time in singles, and No. 47 Pennsylvania State University in doubles. While the pairs of Camhi and Lord plus Mariska Chamdani ’17 and Nikita Uberoi ’15 recorded wins against the Nittany Lions, Virginia Tech proved to be a consistently strong opponent, almost sweeping Brown in singles, with the exception of Lord’s 6-2, 6-4 victory.
“We picked it up on Saturday and had a good doubles day,” Uberoi said.
Sunday’s doubles matchup against No. 27 Purdue challenged Bruno’s doubles teams. Despite the 8-4 and 8-3 losses on the doubles court, the Bears held their own playing a well-ranked team. The singles players also played strongly against Penn State with Lord, Camhi, Uberoi and Chamdani all recording wins.
“Singles we’ve been really dominating. … We have some undefeated singles players,” Uberoi said.
Lord went 3-0 in singles play for the weekend.
“She has one of the biggest serves in college tennis,” said Head Coach Paul Wardlaw.
The team plays again at Harvard Oct. 17-19 at the ITA East Regional Championship. Uberoi said the Bears hope to continue improving — especially on the singles court — and to improve the team’s health and fitness.