Traveling to Colby Sun., April 6 for their fourth NESCAC match of the year, the Cardinals returns with a solid 9-0 triumph and a 2-2 conference mark. Up next was a home match vs. Tufts Wed, April 9 before the week ended with a visit from Middlebury Sun., April 13. Wesleyan fell, 9-0, to Tufts in a match closer than the score indicates. Middlebury proved to be a 7-2 victor.
At Colby, #3 Olivia Koh '17 and #4 Anna Howard '15 (photo) were most impressive as neither yielded a game to their Mule rival. All singles matches were decided in straight sets with Grace Smith '14 facing the toughest challenge with a 7-5, 7-6 win. At #1, Clare DuBrin '15 posted a 6-2, 7-5 victory. The last two matches were shortened to pro sets, won by Jessica Seidman '16 at #5 (8-3) and Nicki Softness '14 at #6 (8-4).
In doubles action, Koh and Smith took an 8-2 win at #1 with Dubrin and Howard combining for an 8-1 triumph at #2. Softness and Maddie James '16 wrapped up an 8-2 win at #3.
Against Tufts, while Wesleyan failed to win a match, seven of the 12 sets lost by Wesleyan in singles action were decided either 6-4 or 7-5. Howard was the lone Cardinal to win a set, coming back from a 6-1 shortcoming in the opener to take the second set, 6-1, followed by a 6-4 loss. Also at third doubles, the team of Softness and Maddie James '16 lost, 9-7.
Facing Middlebury, ranked 10th nationally and fourth in the Northeast, Wesleyan, ranked 12th regionally, got a singles win from Softness at #6, taking a 12-10 super tie-breaker for the decision after spliting the first two sets. The #2 doubles team of DuBrin and Howard was a 9-7 winner. Howard also pressed her opponent to three sets, falling 6-4 in the third.
The Cardinals will look to recapture their winning ways when the head to Conn. College Tues., April 15 to make up a match postponed earlier this season. Should the weather turn sour again, the squads will try to play Wed., April 16.