Cards Pick up 3rd Win of the Fall as #2 Doubles Grace Smith '14 & Lauren Jacobs '15 Has Unbeaten Fall -Team Opens Spring with Loss to Bowdoin & Bates
With the #2 doubles tandem of Grace Smith '14 (left-side photo) and Lauren Jacobs '15 (photo lower right) combining for an 8-2 victory at Mount Holyoke Wed., Sept. 21, the Cardinals took two of three doubles matches and five of the six singles affairs to post a 7-2 win. The team, 3-1 on the year, had one dual match remaining this fall, that slated for Sat., Oct. 15 at Holy Cross, however, the match was postponed due to bad weather and may be rescheduled for the spring. Smith and Jacobs thus finished a perfect 4-0 during the fall in doubles play.
Every Cardinal contributed to the triumph over the Lyons as Smith, Jacobs and Kiley Robbins '14 (photo upper right) all won at singles and doubles, with Robbins joining Sarah Miller '13 for a hard-fought 9-7 win at #1 before she captured her #3 singles match. Smith won at #1 singles and Jacobs proved victorious at #4 singles. Also winning in singles was #5 Kaitlyn Clark '14 and #6 Hannah Berkman '12. Robbins and Berkman both overcome their opponents in a second-set tie-breaker to win as all five singles conquerings came via straight sets.
Three squad members ventured to Bates for the regional ITA Championships Fri.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 2. There Robbins dropped her lone singles match to a Springfield opponent while the doubles team of Smith and Jacobs lost a 9-7 decision to a Brandeis pair, then captured an unofficial consolation match, 9-8, over a Smith couple.
The squad resumed play with a Sat., March 31 home match vs. Bowdoin and fell, 9-0. The team failed to capture a set against the 11th-ranked nationally Polar Bears though Smith pressed her rival to a 6-4 score in the second set of her #1 singles match.
Wesleyan was back on the courts Sun., April 1, hosting Bates in another NESCAC matchup. Bates is tied for 30th nationally in Division III. Wesleyan got wins at #1 singles from Smith and at #2 doubles from Genevieve Aniello '13 and Kiley Robbins '14 but fell in the other matches as Bates took a 7-2 victory. Robbins gave her opponent a run for her money, taking the first set, 6-4, before losing a pair of 7-5 sets in the tightest singles match of the afternoon.
Ahead for the team is a trip to Colby Sat., April 7 for another NESCAC match.