PROVIDENCE, RI – The 43rd-ranked Brown women's tennis team (15-6, 4-0) continued its fast start in the Ivy season, improving to 4-0 in the League with a 6-1 victory over Columbia on Sunday afternoon at Brown's Erickson Athletic Complex. The Bears swept the doubles point and then earned singles victories at #2-#6 to pick up the win.
The Bears opened the match by winning all three doubles matches and dropping just six of the 30 games played. At #2, freshman Ariel Caldwell (Atlanta, GA) and Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) won 8-0, while senior Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) and freshman Jessica Harrow (Los Angeles, CA) earned an 8-2 win at #1. The Illinois duo of junior Julie Flanzer (Highland Park) and sophomore Misia Krasowski (Deerfield) closed out the point with an 8-4 win at #3.
Columbia was able to get on the board with a win at #1 singles, but Brown earned the remaining five matches, all in straight sets, to post its third 6-1 win in Ivy League play.
Aboubakare won at #2, 6-4, 6-2, while Herzberg earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at #3. Harrow's match at #4 was the closest of the day, as the rookie earned a narrow, 6-4, 7-6 win. Caldwell and Flanzer won their matches at #5 and #6, respectively, by identical 6-0, 6-1 scores.
The Bears return to action next Friday, April 15th, when they travel to #75 Dartmouth, setting up a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams in Ivy play. Match time is set for 3:00 p.m. Brown then returns home to host Harvard on Sunday at noon and Yale the following Saturday at noon.
#43 Brown 6, Columbia 1
#1 – B. Aboubakare/Harrow (Brown) def. Bartnik/Takenaga (Columbia) 8-2
#2 – Caldwell/Herzberg (Brown) def. Davis/Makarova (Columbia) 8-0
#3 – Flanzer/Krasowski (Brown) def. Alecsiu/Kovacevic (Columbia) 8-4
#1 – Nicole Bartnik (Columbia) def. Misia Krasowski (Brown) 6-2, 6-3
#2 – Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Natasha Makarova (Columbia) 6-4, 6-2
#3 – Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Katarina Kovacevic (Columbia) 6-1, 6-2
#4 – Jessica Harrow (Brown) def. Joana Alecsiu (Columbia) 6-4, 7-6
#5 – Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Chelsea Davis (Columbia) 6-0, 6-1
#6 – Julie Flanzer (Brown) def. Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) 6-0, 6-1
Pictured: Ariel Caldwell '14. Photo by DSPics.net.