Facing three opponents on the second day of the three-day Wesleyan Round Robin Sat., Dec. 4, the Cardinals knocked off Colby, 6-3, and William Smith, 9-0, before falling to George Washington, 7-2. On the day, Meherezade Sumariwalla '12 (photoby ) posted a 3-0 record as her victory against GWU was of the 3-2, come-from-behind variety at #9. Also winning vs. GWU was #2 Diana Edwards '14.
Against Colby, Sumariwalla held on for a 12-10 victory in the first game, then had little trouble disposing of her Mule rival, with 11-1 and 11-3 wins to secure the match. Wesleyan used its strength in the lower regions of the ladder for the win as the Cardinals took all the matches from #4 through #9.
In the victory over William Smith, all Cardinals won by a 3-0 count except Sumariwalla as she again had first-game jitters, losing 11-1, only to take the next three while yielding just 14 points the rest of the way.
Wesleyan, which entered the Round Robin ranked #16 nationally, closed out play Sunday, Dec. 5 by taking on Smith and Mount Holyoke. Wesleyan characteristically downed Smith, 9-0, but fell to Mount Hoyoke by the same score. Thus Sumariwalla finished the weekend with a 5-2 mark, and leads the squad with a 7-3 record, just above the team's 6-4 posting.
Wesleyan ended activity for the first semester by hosting Conn. College Thurs., Dec. 9, and secured the team's third victory over a NESCAC rival in the early going behind a blistering 9-0 victory. Eight of the nine matches were 3-0 Cardinal victories, upping the team's mark to 7-4 and making Sumariwalla a solid 8-3. In the latest national rankings (12/12), the Cardinals slipped a few spots to #19.
Up next for the team is the Pioneer Valley Invitatonal Fri.-Sun., Jan. 14-16. Jointly hosted by Smith, Amherst and Mount Holyoke, the Invitational will provide the Cardinals with three matches. On Sat., Jan. 15, Wesleyan plays at Amherst against #15 F & M and #28 Smith. The squad closes up Pioneer Valley action Sun., Jan. 16 at Mount Holyoke against the #26 St. Lawrence and #17 Columbia. Before embarking upon the second semester's matches, the team will spend a week in Arizona training at a resort. To follow the team's Western exploits, click < here > for the squad's blog.
On Saturday at the Pioneer Valley Invite, the Cardinals fell to F & M, 6-3, with victories produced by Foster, Edwards and Sumariwalla. Schwed pressed her opponent to five games. Against Smith, it was a clean sweep for the Cardinals for another 9-0 triumph.