With Claire DuBrin '15 racking up an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory at #1 singles and joining Anna Howard '15 for an 8-4 second-doubles win, Wesleyan got its spring season off to a flying start with a resounding 9-0 NESCAC win over Hamilton Sat., March 8. Howard was an equally impressive 6-1, 6-0 victor at #4 singles, giving her two wins on the day.
Also posting a single and doubles win were Olivia Koh '17 (photo) and Grace Smith '14. Smith had the only test in singles, taking a 4-6, 6-4, (11-9) win at #2 while Koh rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at #3. The pair teamed for an 8-1 win at first doubles. Jessica Seidman '16 and Cameron Arkin '17 wrapped up the singles win, capturing 6-2, 6-0 and 7-5, 7-5 win at #5 and #6, respectively. Wesleyan's third-doubles win came from Kiley Robbins '14 and Lauren Jacobs '15, 8-2.
The Cardinals embarked on a week-long visit to Florida where the squad plays five matches in the Orlando area, starting with a match vs. Wingate Tues., March 11. Wingate, ranked 29th nationally in Division II, took a 7-2 win as DuBrin and Koh both posted straight-set wins for the Cardinals' team points. Two doubles matches were decided by the tightest of margins, 7-9 at #1 and 6-8 at #3. Jacobs pressed her rival at #6 singles, falling 6-7, 4-6.
The team's second Florida match was against Franklin & Marshall Wed., March 12. Wesleyan came through with a 7-2 victory while resting DuBrin. Wesleyan got straight-set singles triumphs from Koh at #2, Howard at #3 and Seidman at #4 while Softness, at #5, won in a three-set affair with a 10-8 super tie-breaker decision. Wesleyan swept the doubles matches with Smith and Koh winning at #1, 8-3; Howard and Arkin combining for an 8-4 conquering at #2; and Softness teaming with Maddie James '16 for a 9-7 third-doubles win.
Next up was a tough matchup with Division I Creighton, a squad that overpowered Wesleyan in a 7-0 triumph a year ago in Florida. Wesleyan fared a bit better this time, falling 6-1 with three of the losses extremely close. Winning for the Cardinals was Seidman at #5, with a 6-2, 2-0 lead before her opponent retired. Koh stretched her rival at #3 to the limit, falling 5-7, 4-6, as did Howard at #4, dropping a 7-6, 2-6, (8-10) result. Smith and Koh paired up at #1 doubles and lost 6-8.
The Cardinals really made their mark in Florida Fri., March 14 against RPI, a team ranked 15th in the latest ITA Northeast rankings. Wesleyan is ranked 17th. Wesleyan rolled to a 9-0 win, taking five singles matches in straight sets including a decisive 6-1, 6-1 win by Howard at #4. Other Cardinal winners in two sets were DuBrin, Smith, Koh and Seidman. Softness pulled out a super tie-breaker, 10-7, to keep it a sweep. Koh and Smith took first doubles, 8-4; DuBrin and Howard took second doubles, 8-1; and Robbins and Jacobs captured third doubles, 8-5.
The Florida trip concluded Sat., March 15 against Palm Beach Atlantic with a 7-2 loss. Winners for the Cardinals were Smith and Koh. Koh paced Wesleyan in singles during the Florida excursion, going 4-1 with four matches at #3 and one at #2.
Wesleyan planned to resume action up north Sat., March 29, visiting Conn. College for a NESCAC battle, but the match was postponed due to rain and will be made up at a later date. The next scheduled match for the squad came up Thurs., April 3 at Trinity. There the 14th-ranked Bantams prevailed, 6-3. Wesleyan got a 6-1, 6-0 win from Howard at #4 and a 6-1, 6-7, (10-5) victory from Seidman at #5. At #2 doubles, DuBrin and Howard came up with an 8-2 win.
Wesleyan is back in action Sun., April 6, making an excursion to Colby for another NESCAC matchup.