Knocking off Tufts for the second time this season with an 8-1 decision in the opening round of the NESCAC Championship hosted by Trintiy Fri., Feb. 4, the seventh-seeded Cardinals advanced to the second round where they faced #2 Williams Sat., Feb. 5. Williams defeated Wesleyan, 9-0, during the Little Three matches a week earlier and repeated the effort in the NESCAC tournament. Thus, Wesleyan's second match on Saturday came against #6 Hamilton, and the Continentals previaled, 7-2. Wesleyan ended the tournament on a high note Sun., Feb. 6 with a hard-fought 7-2 victory against Bowdoin to secure the #7 spot.
Nell Schwed '14 was one of four Cardinals in the #5 through #8 slots to post a 3-0 victory over their Jumbo rival. Schwed, playing #6, yielded a mere 10 points while #7 Jenny Chu '12 came up with the most decisive victory, allowing just nine points. The other 3-0 winners for Wesleyan were #5 Danielle Craig '13 and #8 Kar-Anne Tan '14 (main photo). In slots #1 through #3, Mary Foster '14, Diana Edwards '14 and Grace Zimmerman '13 (photo insert upper right) downed their Tufts foe, 3-1, as did #9 Meherazade Sumariwalla '12.
This is the second year in a row that Wesleyan has come through with main-draw status after the opening day of the NESCAC tournament.
Against Williams, only Tanesha Jackson '13, at #4, grabbed a game from her Eph foe. Wesleyan winners vs. Hamilton were #3 Zimmerman and #8 Tan. Three Cardinals lost by 3-2 counts, making the team outcome considerably closer than the 7-2 score indicates.
With four 3-2 individual wins against the Polar Bears, the Cardinals came away with a 2-2 team mark in the Championship. Zimmerman and Tan were two of the 3-2 winners, giving them a team-best 3-1 record during the NESCAC Championship. Also winning 3-2 were Edwards and Schwed. Chu had the only 3-0 decision for the Cardinals while Jackson and Craig posted 3-1 triumphs.
Ahead for the squad is a trip to Vassar Sat., Feb. 12 for the Vassar Team Challenge.