#27 men's tennis knocks off second-straight D2 foe, 9-0, over Franklin Pierce

Dylan Walters with his eyes on the ball, ready to hit a backhand volley in a tennis match
Dylan Walters '23 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's tennis team, ranked 27th in Division III, picked up their second-straight win over a Division II foe to start the season today, as the Judges defeated Franklin Pierce University, 9-0, in the Gosman Athletic Center.


  • Brandeis: 2-0, ranked #27 in Division III by ITA.
  • Franklin Pierce, 3-2.


  • The Judges rolled in doubles action. First-year Alex Merson (Palisades Park, N.J. / Tenafly) and sophomore Aryan Nijhawan (Shrewsbury, Mass./Westborough) opened things up with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles.
  • First-year Tommy Harrison (London, England / National Extension College) and senior Dylan Walters (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) earned an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, and seniors Simon Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette) and Hunter Levine (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) won by the same score at No. 2 to complete the sweep.
  • In singles action, Kauppila earned the fourth point of the match with a 6-3, 6-0, win at No. 2, while Walters went the distance to clinch the victory with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win, at No. 1 singles.
  • Merson also had a comeback to take the win at No. 3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
  • The Judges did not lose more than five games in a match in the final three singles showdowns.


  • Brandeis kicks off their February break western swing to California when they take on 5th-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Los Angeles.