Women's tennis falls 6-3 to simmering Southwestern (Tex.)

Junior Suzanne Elfman defeated her opponent at No. 4 singles for the second straight day, as Bates fell 6-3 to Southwestern University on March 17, 2019, in Fredericksburg, Va. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Bates women's tennis team fell 6-3 Sunday morning to a hot Southwestern (Tex.) University team that captured its eighth straight victory.

Southwestern (11-1) won two out of three doubles matches and four out of six matches in singles for the victory, dropping Bates' record to 4-5 on the final day of the Blue-Grey Invitational at the University of Mary Washington.

All six singles matches were decided in the minimum two sets. Two of them went into tiebreakers in the second set, and the Pirates prevailed both times, with Mary Cardone edging Bates sophomore Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) 6-3, 7-6(2) at first singles, and Mariana Quetzeri getting past Bates first-year Anna Rozin (Toronto, Ontario) 6-3, 7-6(5) at No. 3.

Bates juniors Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) both won for the second straight day at fourth and fifth singles, respectively. Elfman defeated Nina Elez 6-4, 6-3, while Rovinski beat Cecile Wilde by the same score.

Bates picked up its doubles point at the No. 3 position, where first-year duo Rozin and Sydney Byrnes (Aix-en-Provence, France) won by an 8-5 score for the second straight day, defeating Elez and Stephanie Bartusov.

The Bobcats will next play against Tufts at home on April 6 at 10am.