PROVIDENCE, RI – The #37-ranked Brown women's tennis team (10-5) won its sixth and seventh straight matches on Wednesday evening, posting a pair of shutouts against UMass (7-0) and Rhode Island (5-0), a match played in a four-and-one format. The Bears were dominant across the board, winning nine of the 10 singles matches in straight sets, along the way.
Against the Minutewomen, Brown's doubles lineup gave the Bears a 1-0 lead by winning all three matches. Senior Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) and freshman Jessica Harrow (Los Angeles, CA) posted an 8-3 win at #1, while junior Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) and freshman Ariel Caldwell (Atlanta, GA) earned an 8-5 win at #2. Junior Carissa Aboubakare (Orange, CA) and sophomore Misia Krasowski (Deerfield, IL) closed out the doubles action with an 8-6 win at #3.
In singles competition, three of the first four matches on the courts went Brown's way in straight sets, as Krasowski (6-2, 6-3) won at #1, Herzberg (6-0, 6-3) won at #3 and Harrow (6-2, 6-1) won at #4. Bianca Aboubakare also won her match at #2 singles, earning a three-set win (3-6, 6-3, 6-1), as Brown held a 5-0 lead. Caldwell at #5 (6-0, 6-3) and junior Julie Flanzer (Highland Park, IL) at #6 (6-2, 6-0) closed out the 7-0 shutout.
In the nightcap, the Bears played in-state rival URI in a four-and-one format. The four singles matches were up first, as Bianca Aboubakare won her 20th singles match of the season with a 6-3, 6-1 decision at #1. Harrow posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at #2, while Caldwell earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at #3 singles. Senior Ashley Butler (Charlotte, NC) closed out the singles portion with a 6-3, 6-0 win at #4.
The match ended with Carissa Aboubakare and Krasowski combining for an 8-0 win in the lone doubles match, as Brown earned its fourth straight shutout.
The Bears are now off for the next two-and-a-half weeks and return to action with a pair of non-league matches at William & Mary, currently ranked 49th, and at Old Dominion on March 27th and 29th, respectively. They are the final two non-league matches before Ivy League play opens on April 1st when Brown faces Princeton, currently ranked 50th, in New Jersey.
#37 Brown 7, UMass 0
#1 – B. Aboubakare/Harrow (Brown) def. Motyl/Swiszcz (UMass) 8-3
#2 – Caldwell/Herzberg (Brown) def. Boney/Hodgman (UMass) 8-5
#3 – C. Aboubakare/Krasowski (Brown) def. Carpenter/Podlofsky (UMass) 8-6
#1 – Misia Krasowski (Brown) def. Yuliana Motyl (UMass) 6-2, 6-3
#2 – Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Julia Comas (UMass) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
#3 – Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Candynce Boney (UMass) 6-0, 6-3
#4 – Jessica Harrow (Brown) def. Kaitlyn Carpenter (UMass) 6-2, 6-1
#5 – Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Jessica Podlofsky (UMass) 6-0, 6-3
#6 – Julie Flanzer (Brown) def. Chantal Swiszcz (UMass) 6-2, 6-0
#37 Brown 5, Rhode Island 0
#1 – Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Pam Emery (URI) 6-3, 6-1
#2 – Jessica Harrow (Brown) def. Christen Cadigan (URI) 6-2, 6-0
#3 – Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Tirstany Leikem (URI) 6-1, 6-1
#4 – Ashley Butler (Brown) def. Kirsten Leikem (URI) 6-3, 6-0
#1 – C. Aboubakare/Krasowski (Brown) def. Hoover/Williams (URI) 8-0
Pictured: Ashley Butler '11. Photo by DSPics.net.