Cards Complete Four-Match Series During Training Trip to Florida with a 2-2 Record

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Beginning a four-match series in Stuart, Fla., during its training mission Mon., March 10, the Cardinals pushed past the U. of Southern Indiana by a 7-2 score. Ania Preneta '09 (photo) continued her solid play at #1 as she dropped just two games en route to a straight-set win. She also teamed with Lizzie Collector '09 (photo insert lower left) for an 8-5 triumph at third doubles. Linda McDougal '11 also posted wins in both singles and doubles action, needing three sets to win at #5 and joining Alex Sirois '09 for an 8-3 conquest at second doubles. In the team's second match Tues., March 11 vs. Div. I Youngstown St., the Cardinals fell 6-1. Picking up the team point at #3 was Anika Fischer '09 with a straight-set win. Once again, Preneta and Collector captured their match at third doubles but Youngstown won the other two doubles bouts to claim the team point in the seven-point scoring system. Wesleyan faced some local talent in its next outing, traveling to St. Thomas in Miami Wed., March 12. The Cardinals swept the match, 9-0, as Wesleyan's six singles competitors lost a total of only 10 games. Preneta, Fischer, McDougal and Sirois all had a pair of wins on the day. The squad closed out the southern excursion against another Floridian opponent, Northwood, Thurs., March 13. The team lost by a 6-3 score. Preneta and Collector finished the trip with a 4-0 mark at third doubles with an 8-3 victory while Rachael Ghorbani '09 (#3) and Sirois (#5) provided wins in singles play. After two weeks off, Wesleyan resumed action by hosting Little Three rival Amherst in its New England opener Thurs., March 27. The Lord Jeffs, ranked second nationally, polished off the Cardinals, 9-0. No Cardinal won a set but all matches were hard-fought with Fischer taking her opponent to a 7-5 opening set at #2 while the #2 doubles team of Ghorbani and McDougal fell by a narrow 8-6 count. Wesleyan hit the courts again Sat., March 29, with Bowdoin coming in town. The Polar Bears prevailed, 8-1, as #4 Madalina Ursu '09 was a straight-set victor for Wesleyan. Next up for the squad is a visit from Trinity Thurs., April 3.