Strength at Bottom of Lineup Carries Cards to Victory over Colby in NESCAC Opener, But Cards Finish on Their Seed in 8th Place Before Rolling Past Vassar - Mary Foster '14 is All-NESCAC
Defeating Colby for the third time this year and all by identical 5-4 counts, the Cardinals, seeded eighth, advanced to the NESCAC tournament quarter-finals for the second straight year after this first-round NESCAC triumph at Trinity Fri., Feb. 3. Wesleyan had the daunting task of facing top-seeded and host Trinity in its next match Sat., Feb. 4. Wesleyan had a second match during the day, facing Hamilton. The tournament concluded Sun., Feb. 5 with matches to decided each spot in the top eight.
Over its three matches vs. the Mules in 2011-12, Wesleyan has taken the #7, #8, and #9 matches each time, accounting for the majority of its points. Also winning each time out against the Mules has been Tanesha Jackson '13 (main photo) and Grace Zimmerman '13 (photo insert lower right). In the NESCAC tournament, Jackson was a solid 3-0 victor at #4 while Zimmerman produced a 3-1 win at #5. Kar-Anne Tan '14 (photo insert upper right) was a decisive 3-0 winner at #8 as she, too, posted her third win over a Colby rival this season. Also winning for the Cardinals at NESCACs was #7 Danielle Craig '13 and #9 Rosa Hayes '14, both in 3-0 fashion.
In the matches with Trinity and Hamilton Saturday, Trinity took a 9-0 decision while Wesleyan fell to Hamilton, 7-2. Winners for Wesleyan were #1 Mary Foster '14, 3-1, and #7 Danielle Craig '13, 3-2. The Cardinals finished up the tournament taking on sixth-seeded Amherst Sunday with the winner placing seventh and the loser copping eighth place. Amherst defeated Wesleyan, 6-3, leaving the Cardinals in eighth place, right on their seed. Wesleyan winners were Zimmerman, Craig and Tan as Craig led the squad with a 3-1 mark during the tournament. Foster, who stands 12-12 heading into the Howe Cup competition, was named first-team all-NESCAC this year. Last season, she was a second-team all-NESCASC selection.
Up next for the team was a visit to Vassar Sat., Feb. 11. There the Cardinals gave three seldom used players an opportunity to do battle and all defeated their Brewer rivals as Wesleyan posted a 9-0 victory. At #7, Meherezade Sumariwalla '12 prevailed 3-0 while Hannah Plon '14 won 3-2 at #8 and Christina Ortiz '15 posted a 3-0 triumph at #9.
Wesleyan returns to action for the annual Howe Cup matches Fri.-Sun., Feb. 24-26 at Harvard to conclude team competition. Ranked #20, Wesleyan is in a pack of NESCAC teams which occupy "C" Division at Howe Cup as Bowdoin, Amherst, Colby, Conn. College and Tufts are all in the bracket at Harvard. The Cardinal, seeded fourth, take on #21-ranked Colby, seeded fifth, in the first round and will play either Bowdoin or Wellesley in the second round. Wesleyan has faced Colby three times already this season, winning by the slimmest of margin, 5-4, each time.