Sarah Miller '12 Wins at Singles & Doubles to Carry Women's Tennis to Five Straight Wins, Three of Them NESCAC
Women's tennis racked up its third NESCAC win of the season when it traveled to Conn.
College Wed., April 18 and easily avenged a 5-4 loss last year by
rolling to a 9-0 victory. Sarah Miller '12 (photo), playing #2 singles and #1 doubles, made short work of her opponents in
both singles and doubles, winning 6-0, 6-2 and 8-0, coupled with
Grace Smith '14. Smith, Genevieve Aniello '13, Kiley Robbins '14 and Lauren Jacobs '15 all conquered their Camels
rival without surrending more than three games in any set. Madison Hartley
'15, new to the team this spring after transferring from Wheaton, also won but needed a super tie-breaker in the third set to come
through. Close doubles wins by the pairs of Aniello/Robbins and
Hartley/Jacobs made it a clean sweep.
Miller had posted a dominating 6-2, 6-0 victory at #2 singles after teaming with Smith at #1 doubles for an 8-4 win as the Cardinals snuck past Colby, 5-4, Sat., April 7 for the team's initial NESCAC win this season. Wesleyan has defeated Colby eight times in 10 all-time meetings with three of the last four Wesleyan wins coming by a slender 5-4 count, including last year's triumph in Middletown.
While the Miller/Smith victory was the Cardinals' lone doubles win, Wesleyan took four of six singles affairs, three of them in straight sets, to decide the outcome of the match. Aniello was a 6-4, 6-3 winner at #3 while Robbins was slightly more effective with her 6-3, 6-2 conquest at #4. Hartley came through with a valuable win at #5, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Both Smith, at #1, and Jacobs, at #6, lost in three sets with Smith falling in a third-set tie-breaker.
Wesleyan moved out of conference for a match Tues., April 10, traveling to Babson. There the Cardinals won handily, 7-2. Again, Miller posted the most convincing singles win, taking a 6-2, 6-2 decision, while joining Smith for an 8-4 doubles win. Other straight-set winners in singles for Wesleyan included Hartley and Jacobs while Smith and Robbins came up with three-set wins, taking a super-tie-breaker each. The Cardinals' seventh team point came at #3 doubles with a win from the team of Hartley and Jacobs.
Wesleyan was back in NESCAC mode on Sun., April 15, visiting Hamilton. There the Cardinals won, 6-1, as two matches went unfinished. Still, Miller was a force, winning 6-1, 6-2 in singles and 8-0 at #1 doubles with Smith. Smith and Aniello both won their singles matches convincingly in straight sets. Aniello and Robbins joined forces at #2 doubles for an 8-5 win and the Hartley/Jacobs duo was successful at #3, 8-6.
The squad tackled Smith in a non-conference home match Sat., April 21 before wrapping up the year with two NESCAC battles against Trinity and Amherst in the final week of the campaign. Wesleyan conquered Smity by an 8-1 score. Miller moved up to the top spot in the singles lineup and produced a 6-0, 6-0 win. She and Smith were an 8-4 victor at #1 doubles. Aniello, Robbins and Jacobs were winners once again in straight sets while Nicki Softness '14 and Hannah Berkman '12 found spots at #5 and #6 and took their matches. Also winning at #2 doubles was the tandem of Hartley and Jacobs.
Wesleyan travels to Trinity Sat., April 28 for its next encounter sporting an 8-3 overall record.