Rachael Ghorbani '09 Secures Deciding Match vs. Trinity, Cards Also Best Colby, Smith & Hamilton
Rachael Ghorbani '09 (main photo) was early in her third set at #3 singles when word came in that the match with Trinity Thurs., April 3 was tied, 4-4. Having split a pair of 6-2 sets with her Trinity opponent, Ghorbani settled in, moved out to a 3-0 lead and held the advantage en route to a 6-3 win in the third set, giving the Cardinals a 5-4 triumph. It was the team's second victory over a NESCAC foe this season, having defeated Conn. College during the fall. Wesleyan also got singles points from #4 Madalina Ursu '09 (photo insert upper right) and #6 Alex Sirois '09 (photo insert lower right), both with straight-set wins. Each was part of a winning doubles tandem as well with Ursu joining Anika Fischer '10 for an 8-6 win at #1 while Sirois and Linda McDougal '11 were 8-0 victors at #2. Wesleyan made it two consecutive 5-4 wins vs. NESCAC foes when the team traveled to Colby Sat., April 5. The drama was a bit less intense as the Cards again captured two doubles matches then three of the first four singles matches completed thanks to #1 Ania Preneta '09, #2 Fischer and #4 Ursu. The team moved out of conference for its outing at Smith Tues., April 8. There the team had an easier time and posted a 7-2 win. Lizzie Collector '09 and Casey Simchik '10 came through with wins at #3 and #6 singles, respectively, while each also won at doubles. Ania Preneta '09, at #1, and Linda McDougal '11, at #5, also came away with wins in both departments. The team was at Williams April 12 where the home team prevailed, 8-1. Winning for Wesleyan were Preneta and Collector at third doubles. They also won at Hamilton Sun., April 13 as did the Cards other two doubles pairs and when Preneta and Ursu made short work of their singles matches at #1 and #4, respectively, Wesleyan called it a day with a 5-1 victory. The team hosts Bates Mon., April 21 in its final regular-season match with a berth in the NESCAC tournament likely hanging in the balance.