Clare DuBrin '15 & Genevieve Aniello '13 Pace Cardinals to Initial NESCAC Win with 7-2 Victory at Hamilton - Team Falls to #20 Tufts
After Clare DuBrin '15 (photo insert upper left) and Genevieve Aniello '13 (main photo) teamed up for an 8-2 win at #1 doubles as Wesleyan took the turn into singles play trailing, 2-1, at Hamilton Sat., April 13, the Cardinals swept the singles matches to post a 7-2 victory for their initial NESCAC win of the season. It was Wesleyan's eighth consecutive triumph over the Continentals and pushed the all-time record to 9-1 in Wesleyan's favor. Next up for the team was a trip to Tufts Wed., April 17. There the Jumbos, ranked 20th nationally and sixth in the Northeast, rolled to a 9-0 victory.
At Hamilton, DuBrin captured a three-set victory at #1 singles, coming back after dropping the opening set in a tie-breaker to win the next two, 6-0, 6-2. Aniello, at #3, and Jessica Seidman, at #4, came through with commanding 6-1, 6-0 victories. Lauren Jacobs '15, at #6, also had a convincing straight-set win, 6-0, 6-4. At #2, Grace Smith '14 recovered from a first-set loss to win the next two while at #5, Kiley Robbins '14 took her match in a third-set super tie-breaker, 10-5.
Against Tufts, Aniello stretched her rival at #3 to three sets, falling in a super tie-breaker, 10-6. Aniello and DuBrin, currently ranked 14th in doubles in the Northeast, came up against the 13th-ranked pair from Tufts. As might have been expected, the match came down to the wire as Tufts took the battle in a tie-breaker, 9-8.
Wesleyan was to have back-to-back home NESCAC matches Sat., April 20 vs. Colby and Sun., April 21 against Conn. College to close out the week, but the Colby match was postpned until Sat., April 27. Thus, the week will end vs. Conn.