Competing in the Pioneer Valley Invitational in central Massachusetts Fri., Jan. 17 through Sun., Jan. 19, the Cardinals came away with a 2-2 record, one of which avenged an earlier setback in December. After starting with a 9-0 setback against #9 Columbia in a match played at Amherst, the 22nd-ranked Cardinals got a key victory over host Mount Holyoke Sat., Jan. 18, winning 8-1. In December, the Lyons had gotten the better of the Cardinals, 5-4, and were ranked one spot higher nationally. The second match on Saturday came against #13 F&M, and Wesleyan fought hard in a 6-3 loss. The last match of the weekend came Sun., Jan. 19 as Wesleyan downed #24 Colby, 6-3, at Amherst.
Going 3-1 over the weekend, #3 Annie Maxwell '15 (left side photo) and #8 Miranda Linsky '14 (right side photo) had the best records at the Invitational. Linsky now stands a lofty 10-2 on the season while Maxwell is a solid 9-3 for the 8-4 Cardinals. They were two of the three Cardinals to defeat their rival from F&M, joined by #4 Liza Bayless '16.
In the Mount Holyoke match, four Cardinals produced wins after falling to their Lyon nemesis back in December - Lauren Nelson '15, Maxwell, Bayless and Abigail Smith '17. No Cardinal winner vs. Mount Holyoke this time out gave up more than one game in a total team turnabout.
Up next for the team was a serious challenge at home match Sat., Jan. 25 against #13 Drexel. Drexel prevailed over Wesleyan, now #21 nationally, by a 8-1 count as Maxwell was the lone Cardinal victor, winning handily, 3-0. Both #6 Claire Miller '15 and #9 Hannah Plon '14 secured a game from their Drexel foe.
Wesleyan heads to Amherst Sun., Jan. 26, to compete in the annual Little Three competition.