Cards Fall Short of Bates and Trinity by 5-4 Scores, Ending Wesleyan's Playoff Hopes for 2009-10
Needing two victories in
their final three NESCAC matches to support their candidacy for a NESCAC
playoff spot, the Cardinals let a close battle with Bates slip away as
the visiting Bobcats grabbed a 5-4 decision indoors Sun., April 25.
Virtually the same thing happened against Trinity Thurs., April 29
indoors due to high winds as the Bantams pulled out a 5-4 victory. The
Cardinals end the year on the road vs. Williams Sun., May 2 as the
team's hopes of a NESCAC playoff bid are over.
Wesleyan won just one of the three doubles matches vs. Bates and
Trinity, and it proved the difference in the team scoring as the teams
split the six singles affairs. Against Bates, the team of Genevieve
Aniello '13 (photo insert upper right) and Linda McDougal '11 (photo
insert lower right) came through with an 8-6 win at #2. Both Aniello
and McDougal went on to win their singles matches as well, the former in
convincing fashion at #3, 6-0, 6-0, and the latter in a super
At #2 singles, Sarah Miller '12 (main photo) also swept her Bobcat
adversary without dropping a game. Losses in three sets by #1 Anika
Fischer and #4 Meredith Holmes as well as a straight-set setback by #6
Casey Simchik '10 rounded out the singles results.
The match vs. Trinity was highlighted by Simchik's dominating
straight-set victory and 8-1 double win at #3, joined by Taylor Morales
'13. Once again, Miller blew past her rival and McDougal captured her
match. Fischer and Aniello fell in three sets while Holmes lost in two
Williams, ranked second nationally, was Wesleyan's final opponent of the
year Sun., May 2. As expected, the Ephs captured a 9-0 result, giving
Wesleyan a final record of 10-7, 2-7 in NESCAC play. With Aniello
unable to play singles due to a knee ailment, Wesleyan pushed the
majority of its lineup up a notch, giving Hannah Berkman '12 a chance to
play #6 and she made the most of it by giving her Eph opponent a
battle, falling 6-4, 6-3. The only other Cardinal to force a set to 6-4
was Fischer at #1, losing 6-2, 6-4.
For the year, Aniello and Simchik tied for the team lead in singles
with a 10-6 record. Each was equally proficient in doubles as Aniello
was 11-7 while seeing action in each match. Simchik had a 10-6 mark.
The two were paired five times, good for a 4-1 mark.