Sarah Miller '12 Makes Consolation Semis of ITA Championship, Leads Way in Win over Assumption
In the opening action of the fall, Sarah Miller '12 (photo) advanced to the consolation semi-finals of the ITA Regional Championship hosted by MIT Sept. 18-20. Though she lost her opening match to a Bowdoin opponent, Miller bounced back to defeat foes from Springfield, Bates and Vassar before bowing out in a tight consolation semi-final, 6-7, 5-7 to Jamie Haar of Middlebury. In her consolation quarter-final, Miller trailed 4-0 in the third set but rallied to take the next six games for a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 decision.
Also competing in singles for the Cardinals was Anika Fischer '10 as she went 1-1 with a win vs. a Trinity rival while falling to a top-16 seeded opponent from Williams, Kristin Alotta, 4-6, 2-6. Alotta went on to win the title over the number one seed from Tufts, 6-1, 6-1.
In double play, Genevieve Aniello '13 and Meredith Holmes '10 teamed up to go 1-2, falling to a Bates tandem, then knocking off a Simmons duo before being eliminated by an Amherst couple.
The Cardinals inaugurated the dual-match season Sat., Sept. 26 by hosting Assumption. Wesleyan prevailed, 9-0, as Miller was a 6-1, 6-1 victor at #1 singles and teamed with Ana Alvarado '12 for an 8-3 first-doubles win. Four other Cardinals were winners in both singles and doubles - Holmes, Aniello, Linda McDougal '11 and Casey Simchik '10.
The team was right back on the courts Sunday, Sept. 27, hosting R.I.C. Wesleyan posted a solid 8-1 victory Aniello, McDougal and Simchik registering the twin killings. Hannah Berkman '12 and Taylor Morales '13 also got rare starts and made the most of it with straight-set wins at #5 and #6, singles, respectively.
The team will send a contingent of three doubles teams to the Grass Court Championships in Newport, R.I. Sun., Oct. 4 as the next activity.