Playing Holy Cross on the tennis courts for the first time in 36 years, the Cardinals captured their fourth straight victory this season and improved their record to 10-5 with a 9-0 decision Wed., April 20. Having already clinched its sixth consecutive winning campaign with its 7-2 win over Hamilton April 17, the squad also has its sixth double-digit win campaign in a row. When the squad visited Smith College Sat., April 23, the Cardinals beat the Pioneers for the fifth time in a row, 9-0, to up the record to 11-5. Conn. College was the team's final opponent Tues., April 26 in Middletown, and the Camels eked out a 5-4 victory.
Against Holy Cross, team captain Linda McDougal '11 (main photo) posted the most decisive singles victory with a 6-0, 6-1 win at #5. Each Cardinal won her singles match in straight sets as Grace Smith '14 won 6-1, 6-1 at #3 and Kiley Robbins '14 was a 6-2, 6-0 victor at #5. Genevieve Aniello '13 came through with a 6-1, 7-6 win at #1 while Sarah Miller '12 took a 6-3, 6-3 match at #2. Nicki Softness '14 finished off the sweep with a 6-2, 6-4 win at #6.
In double play, Hannah Berkman '12 (photo insert lower left, courtesy of Michael Berkman P'12) joined Kaitlyn Clark '14 for an 8-4 triumph at #3. Making it a two-win afternoon with doubles wins to complement their singles victories were Aniello and Smith (8-0 at #1) along with McDougal and Softness (8-2 at #2).
Wesleyan also got six singles wins without dropping a set at Smith College but gave Aniello and Miller a chance to rest. Thus, the lineup featured (in order) Smith, Robbins, McDougal, Softness, Clark and Berkman. Aniello and Miller were involved in doubles play as #1 was Aniello and Smith while Miller played #2 with Robbins. McDougal and Softness was the victorious pair at #3.
After falling behind Conn., 2-1, after doubles play, the Cardinals got dominating triumphs from Smith, 6-1, 6-1, and Softness, 6-0, 6-1, as the matches evened up, 3-3. With her victory, Smith posted a team-best 13-3 singles record. Right behind with a 12-4 mark was Softness. Miller picked up Wesleyan's fourth win vs. Conn with an exciting three-set affair, taking the third set, 6-3. With the overall match tied, 4-4, as darkness was setting in, the final bout with McDougal involved went to a third set after each competitors each won a tie-breaker. The final set went to Conn, 6-4, to give the visitors the match.
Wesleyan ended its sixth consecutive winning campaign with an 11-6 record.