1998-99 Women's Tennis Season in
With the influx of three outstanding
newcomers who immediately moved into starting singles spots,
Wesleyan's women's tennis team came through with its most productive
fall season in history en route to the finest overall record ever.
Posting a fall record of 8-2, surpassing the 7-2 record of 1997, the
1998-99 edition also placed fourth among 22 teams in the New England
Division III championships and had its first-ever New England
titlist. Tarsah Dale '02, playing at no. 3 singles, captured the
crown in her division. The team's only losses came by the narrowest
of margins, 5-4, to Trinity and Williams. Williams went on to finish
second in New England behind Little Three rival Amherst while Trinity
placed seventh, giving Wesleyan a sense of satisfaction in avenging
one of its dual-match defeats. Included among the wins was a 5-4
conquering of Division I Fairfield and a 7-2 win over Middlebury, the
no. 8 team in New England.
During the spring, Wesleyan added
five victories in six matches to close out the year with a 13-3
overall record, exceeding the 11 wins amassed by the 1997-98 squad.
Four of the victories came during the team's training trip to Hilton
Head, S.C., while the only loss came to Division I North
Carolina-Charlotte. Up north, the Cardinals defeated Yale J.V. in an
exhibition match, conquered Meredith College and came through with a
strong effort in the Wellesley Shootout Tournament. With rivals
Wellesley, Middlebury and Trinity in the field of four teams,
Wesleyan players captured four of six possible titles as Alison
Rovner '02 won the second singles flight, Rachel Sigman '01 earned
the crown in the third singles flight and the tandems of Rovner and
Kelly Schunk '02 (flight #2) and Nicky Sumorok '01 and team captain
Claudia Makadon '99 (flight #3) also won their respective
Stacia Poulos '00 handled no. 1
singles most of the year, compiling a 9-5 record in dual matches.
Dale and Sigman had two of the team's strongest showings as each
nearly equaled the team's overall mark, Dale going 12-4 and Sigman
12-3. Rovner also had a fine dual-match season with a 10-2 mark.
Makadon, the only senior to play among the top six, had a team-best
12-2 (.857 winning percentage) record, including 7-1 at no. 6. In
doubles, Poulos and Sigman made a case for NCAA Division III
tournament consideration for the second year in a row with a 12-3
dual-match mark at no. 1 and reaching the semi-finals at New
Englands, losing to top-seeded Amherst.
The Cardinals were slated to play
Amherst in a dual match during the spring, but the competition was
cancelled. Still Wesleyan was in contention for a team bid to the
NCAA Division III tournament and with five of the team's top six
singles players and both the no. 1 and no. 2 doubles teams coming
back intact, the prospects for the 1999-2000 season are extremely