With Annie Ferreira '17 (photo) posting a 3-0 win at #9, winning 11-5, 11-8, 11-5, Wesleyan, playing without #1 Mary Foster '14 and usual #9 Hannah Plon '14 due to academic commitments, came out on the short side of an 8-1 count in the opening match of 2014 at NESCAC nemesis Bowdoin Tues., Jan. 14. Despite playing without its top player, forcing each Cardinal to play one spot higher than usual on the ladder, Wesleyan got strong efforts at the top with both Lauren Nelson '15 and Annie Maxwell '15, playing #1 and #2, capturing a game from their Polar Bear rival. Also taking a game at #5 was Claire Miller '15 while Bridget Doherty '16 pressed her Bowdoin foe to five games before falling 11-3 in the fifth game. Wesleyan came into the match ranked 22nd nationally while Bowdoin stood 20th.
The Cardinals will have a four-match weekend ahead during the Pioneer Valley Invitational, starting the activity against #11 Columbia Fri., Jan. 17 at Amherst. On Sat., Jan. 18, Wesleyan will begin with a rematch against #21 Mount Holyoke on the Lyons home court, followed by a match with #13 F&M. Action concludes at Amherst Sun., Jan. 19 with a match vs. #24 Colby in NESCAC play.