Playing just two fall dual matches along with a tournament at Conn. College, the annual regional ITS tournament and a return to the New England Division III Fall Championships after a four-year hiatus, the Wesleyan women's tennis team will be zeroing in on its spring season, and nine NESCAC matches, as the focus of the year.
The season begins Sun., Sept. 9 with a trip to Nichols while the only home match of the fall takes place Fri., Sept. 14 with a visit from Babson. Coincidentally, these two squads open the year against each other at Nichols Aug. 31 so Wesleyan will get a good idea what lurks ahead following that affair.
Led by team captain Genevieve Aniello '13 (photo), who likely will be playing #1 during the fall in the absence of four returning letterwinners all studying abroad, Wesleyan also has returnees Lauren Jacobs '15 and Madison Hartley '15 to help fill in the short-trooped ranks during the fall. A year ago, Aniello was most often seen at #3 while Hartley, a mid-year transfer, fit in well at #5 during the spring and Jacobs covered #6. Newcomers to occupy at least three singles spots and half the doubles positions include Suzanne Gallo '13 and Ashley Swan '13, both veterans of other sports at Wesleyan but turning their attentions to tennis as seniors, Maddie James '16 , Jessica Seidman '16 and Hailey Sowden '15.
When the spring rolls around, the Cardinals will be happy to welcome back Grace Smith '14, Kiley Robbins '14, Nicki Softness '14 and Kaitlyn Clark '14 from their semesters in foreign lands. Smith was #1 last year while Robbins was solid in the middle of the ladder. Clark and Softness also have varsity expereince in both singles and doubles and will be valuable additions. Softness had an outstanding 12-4 singles mark in 2010-11 before missing much of last year due to illness. Clark has a 6-6 career singles record.