Cardinals Come Ever-So-Close to Ending Long Skid vs. Amherst but Lord Jeffs Pull out 5-4 Win
Coming closer to defeating Little Three rival Amherst during the Little Three matches Sat., Jan. 29 at Amherst as it has since last posting a win in 1981, Wesleyan suffered a 5-4 setback, the first in the history of the series. Amherst had won 41 consecutive matches vs. Wesleyan coming into the day and never by less than a 6-3 margin. Amherst entered the match ranked #12 nationally while Wesleyan held the #19 spot.
With inspirational 3-2 victories, #1 Mary Foster '14, #5 Danielle Craig '13 (photo) and #9 Meherazade Sumariwalla '12 gave Wesleyan promise of a team triumph. At #4, Tanesha Jackson posted Wesleyan's most decisive win, taking a 3-1 match. But the Lord Jeffs prevailed in the remaining five bouts, though four of the five Cardinals involved took a game from their Amherst rival.
Wesleyan also faced #9 Williams and fell 9-0. Diana Edwards '14, at #2, and Kar-Anne Tan, at #8, pushed their Eph adversaries to four games.
Ahead for the team is the annual NESCAC Championship. Opening-day matches Fri., Feb. 4, will be held at Trinity. After that, main draw matches will be held at Trinity Sat.-Sun., Feb. 5-6, while consolation matches will take place at Wesleyan. The Cardinals are likely to be the seventh seed among the 11 squads, based on the latest national rankings.