Three from women's tennis land on All-UAA team

TEXT: Brandeis Women's Tennis, 2023 All-UAA Selections
IMAGES: Three Brandeis Women's tennis players hitting shots on the court.

WALTHAM, Mass. – Three members of the Brandeis University women's tennis team have secured All-University Athletic Association honors for 2023 season. First-year Rebecca Suarez of Huntington, New York, was a first-team selection at #1 singles and #1 doubles. Her partner, sophomore Bhakti Parwani of Ahmedabad, India, was a second-team selection at #2 singles in addition to her first-team doubles honor. Sophomore Anastasia Sia of Thessaloniki, Greece, was an honorable mention.

Suarez posted a 6-7 record at #1 singles this season, including wins in her final three matches, two of which came against eventual NCAA championship qualifiers. She also took top UAA opponents from Emory and Carnegie Mellon to a third set before their matches were halted by the complete of the team match. Suarez was ranked eighth in the Northeast Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at the end of the regular season.

In doubles action, Suarez and Parwani were a team-best 13-4 this season at the top doubles spot. The pair picked up Brandeis's only point in a UAA loss to Emory as they won five of their last six matches. They also won the Bates College Wallach Invitational last fall. Suarez and Parwani were ranked 11th in the Northeast by the ITA at the end of the regular season. For Parwani, it was her second-straight All-UAA selection at doubles, having earned second-team honors in 2022 with classmate Sabrina Loui of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Parwani also earned All-UAA honors in singles for the second year in a row after claiming first team honors as a rookie. Parwani posted a 6-5 record at #2 singles, while also going 1-1 in two matches at #1 in place of Suarez. She had won her first set in two UAA tournament matches before their suspension.

Sia was recognized by the UAA for the first time in her career. She posted a team-high total 14 wins this season, including a team-best 11-7 in dual matches. Sia played positions 2 through 5 in the lineup throughout the season, going 5-1 at #5, 3-5 at #4, 3-0 at #3 and 0-1 at #2.

Brandeis finished the 2023 season with a 10-10 record and #31 ranking in Division III at the end of the regular season. The Judges were ranked as high as #19 in the nation during the season. The finished in seventh place in the UAA, posting a win over Rochester in the seventh-place match after dropping 5-1 decisions to #7 Emory and #14 Carnegie Mellon.

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