Saturday, the Bates women played their second round match of the Nor’easter bowl at Brandeis University against the Brandeis Judges. After their first round loss to Amherst the day before the Bobcats were ready to get back into action for only the second time in the last two weeks.
The Bates women started with amazing energy at doubles. Nine games in, the Ellie Mandzhukova and Ashley Brunk were up 5-4 on top regionally-ranked Carly Cook and Faith Broderick before the Brandeis pair turned it around for the 8-5 win. That combined with an 8-2 loss at two doubles put the Bobcats down 2-0 with Kristen Doerer and Nicole Russell locked in a tough battle with Brandeis’ Dylan Schlesinger and Maya Vasser at three doubles. However, up 5-4 the Bobcats broke after a 10-minute deuce game to go up 6-4 and never looked back cutting the Judges’ lead to 2-1 after doubles.
In singles, the Bobcats had a tough go with Brandeis women playing in front of their home crowd. Yet every spot still put in a hard fight. First off were Ashley Brunk and Ellie Mandzhukova as they both fell in straight sets to their opponents at 3 and 1 singles, respectively. Off next was Jacqui Holmes at two. While Jacqui relinquished the first set fairly quickly to regionally ranked Faith Broderick, in the second set she fought hard gaining her rhythm just a little too late, and despite the loss of the set managed to still frustrate the Faith with her gritty play. With the match decided at 5-1 in favor of Brandeis, Lucy was next off, losing a hard fought 2-hour-straight sets match to Reberta Bergstein to make it 6-1. Even with the looming loss though the Bates 5 and 6, Nicole Russell and Audrey Grauer, still were able to end the match on a good note as the both pulled out amazing three set wins against Brandeis Freshmen standouts to make the final score 6-3.