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No. 23 Brandeis tops No. 29 women's tennis by one

WALTHAM, Mass. -- No. 23 nationally ranked Brandeis University finally outlasted the No. 29 Bates women's tennis team by a 5-4 score, but it took the host Judges over seven hours to complete the task.

Hannah Marion's 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles finally decided the match in favor of the Judges (3-4).

Bates, missing senior captain Jacqui Holmes (Harvard, Mass.), its No. 2 singles and doubles player, won two out of three doubles matches -- junior Kristen Doerer (Madison, Conn.) and senior Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.) moved up from their usual No. 3 spot and won 8-5 at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3, junior Lucy Brennan (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore Audrey Grauer (Encinitas, Calif.) teamed up for a 9-7 win at third doubles.

Half of Brandeis's victorious No. 1 doubles pair, Faith Broderic, tied the match at 2-2 by winning the first singles point of the night against Bates sophomore Elena Mandzhukova (Lisbon, Portugal), but Brennan made quick work of the other half, Maya Vasser, at third singles, and Russell gave Bates a a 4-2 lead when she finished a 6-1, 6-2 win at fourth singles over Dylan Schlesinger. Alexa Katz then prevailed in a lengthy two-set match over Bates senior Ashley Brunk (Phoenix, Ariz.) at second singles, and Emily Eska and Marion won at fifth and sixth singles for the comeback win.

Bates (3-4) next hosts Colby on Tuesday at 4pm.

#23 Brandeis 5, #29 Bates College 4
March 16, 2013 at Brandeis

1. Faith Broderick/Maya Vasser (BRWTEN) def. Ashley Brunk/Elena Mandzhukova (BATW) 8-4
2. Kristen Doerer/Nicole Russell (BATW) def. Alexa Katz/Marissa Lazar (BRWTEN) 8-5
3. Lucy Brennan/Audrey Grauer (BATW) def. Sarita Biswas/Dylan Schlesinger (BRWTEN) 9-7

1. Faith Broderick (BRWTEN) def. Elena Mandzhukova (BATW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Alexa Katz (BRWTEN) def. Ashley Brunk (BATW) 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Lucy Brennan (BATW) def. Maya Vasser (BRWTEN) 6-2, 6-0
4. Nicole Russell (BATW) def. Dylan Schlesinger (BRWTEN) 6-1, 6-2
5. Emily Eska (BRWTEN) def. Audrey Grauer (BATW) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
6. Hannah Marion (BRWTEN) def. Kristen Doerer (BATW) 6-4, 6-3