Cardinals Up NESCAC Wins to 4 with Victories over Conn, Colby and Bates in Final 8 Days of Season
In a series that has had streaks of seven straight wins for Wesleyan and five in a row for Conn over the years to get to a 19-19 stalemate after 38 matches, the Cardinals forged into the all-time series lead with a 7-2 victory Sun., April 21 during senior day festivities. Wesleyan's lone senior, Genevieve Aniello '13 (left side photo) celebrate the day by winning her singles match at #3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, after pairing with Clare DuBrin '15 (right side photo) for an 8-3 triumph at #1 doubles.
DuBrin made short work of her singles match at #1 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Also winning handily in singles was #4 Jessica Seidman '16, 6-1, 6-2, and #6 Lauren Jacobs '15, 6-1, 6-0. Jacobs and Grace Smith '14 combined for an 8-2 win at #2 doubles while Nicki Softness '14 and Kiley Robbins '14 teamed up for an 8-0 #3 doubles win.
The Cardinals had a busy three-match week to close out the season. The first came up Tues., April 23 at home vs. Trinity. The Bantams, ranked seventh in the Northeast, made short work of the outcome, taking a 9-0 decision without yielding a set. The Cardinals then made up a home match with Colby Sat., April 27 that was postponed from April 20 before heading to Maine themselves for a meeting with Bates to put the finishing touches on 2013.
Wesleyan made equally short work of the Colby match, taking a 9-0 triumph. Smith, Seidman and Softness all won in straight sets while DuBrin, Anna Howard '15, making her debut at #3, and Robbins all won in a super tie-breaker. First and third doubles went Wesleyan's way, 8-2, with second doubles an 8-5 win.
The Cardinals put the final touches on the season with a promising win at Bates, 6-3. Bates was ranked 28th nationally in the most recent ITA rankings. Wesleyan took five of the six singles matches with #1 Dubin, #3 Aniello, #4 Howard, #5 Seidman and #6 Jacobs all winning in two sets. Wesleyan's only doubles victory came from Jacobs and Smith at #2, 8-4. Wesleyan's overall record for the year was 6-9 as the team went a solid 4-5 in the NESCAC. Each of the NESCAC teams to defeat Wesleyan was ranked amog the top 21 in the country.
With just Aniello lost to graduation, Wesleyan has the bulk of the squad returning for the 2013-14 campaign. Seidman fashoned the best singles mark in 2012-13 with a 7-8 record as she was the lone Cardinal to see singles action in all 15 matches.