Inaugurating the annual Wesleyan Round Robin Fri., Dec. 2 by facing a pair of NESCAC rivals, the Cardinals rolled past #21 Tufts, 9-0, losing just two games in the process, before edging #23 Colby, 5-4. Wesleyan stands #19 in the CSA rankings.
Tanesha Jackson '13 (right side photo) and Grace Zimmerman '13 (left side photo) were two of four Wesleyan players to go 2-0 on the day without losing a game. Playing #4, Jackson surrendered just 15 points to her Jumbo opponent while Zimmerman surrendered a mere seven points. Their decisions over their adversaries from Colby were similarly sound as Jackson gave up 14 points and Zimmerman, 16. Also going 2-0 with a pair of 3-0 wins were #7 Nell Schwed '14 and #8 Kar-Anne Tan '14. Also providing an important 3-1 win at #9 against the Mules was Meherazade Sumariwalla '12.
Wesleyan had another pair of matches on Sat., Dec. 3, taking on #30 Colgate before tackling Ivy League challenger Brown, ranked #10 by the CSA. Wesleyan rolled past Colgate with nine 3-0 victories to its credit. The most points yielded by a Cardinal in a match vs. Colgate was 11. Against Brown, two Cardinals captured a game as #1 Mary Foster '14 and Tan both fell by a 3-1 count. Annie Maxwell '15, playing #3, was the next best performer with 22 points won over her three games.
Wesleyan put the finishing touches on its weekend activity Sun., Dec. 4 with matches vs. #28 William Smith and #25 Smith. Wesleyan racked up two more sweeps to make it a 5-1 tournament and improve to 8-3 with one match left during the first semester. Most dominant against William Smith were Schwed with only three points lost while Garrett yielded just four and Foster just six. The Cardinals made reasonably short work of Smith as well, the team's fourth sweep of the Round Robin. Seven victories came by 3-0 counts with Schwed, playing #6, touched for only six points and Maxwell just four.
Wesleyan returned to action Thurs., Dec. 8 with a trip to #13-ranked Mount Holyoke to close out first-semester action. The Lyons prevailed, 8-1, as Tan took a 3-0 decision at #8 for the single Cardinal triumph. Jackson, at #5, snagged a game from her MHC rival while the other seven matches went to the Lyons, 3-0.
Wesleyan begins second-semester play sporting an 8-4 record. The first match is Sat., Jan. 14 vs. Conn. College with the action hosted by Yale.