Cards Win Team Crown in Grass Court Doubles Tourney, Have 8-0 Dual Record after 4 Matches in Fla.
Competing in the Grass Court Doubles Tournament in Newport, R.I. Sun., Oct. 4, Wesleyan reached the finals in all three flights and captured two titles to claim a team championship over six other entries. Winning eight of nine matches, the Cardinals amassed 16 team points. Stonehill was second with 12. No other team had more than six points.
Though the tournament had to be played at two hard-court surfaced areas in the vicinity due to heavy rains the night before, it didn't dampened the Cardinals' effort as the tandem of Meredith Holmes '10 (photo upper left) and Genevieve Aniello '13 (photo upper right) combined to go 3-0 in Flight B en route to a title. They defeated a couple from Stonehill 8-5 in the finals. Also victorious for Wesleyan with a Flight C trophy was Casey Simchik '10 (photo lower left) and Linda McDougal '11 (photo lower right), also going 3-0 with an 8-2 finals win over a pair from Salve Regina.
In Flight A, Anika Fischer '10 and Sarah Miller '12 combined to reach the finals but fell to a Stonehill team, 9-7, to post a 2-1 mark.
The Cardinals returned to dual match action at Mount Holyoke Wed., Oct. 7. Wesleyan rolled to a 9-0 decision as the team dropped just one set during the match. The Cards used their top six players in both singles and doubles with all proving victorious. Miller, at #2, and Simchik, at #6, were the most dominant with 6-0, 6-1 wins while each was part of an 8-2 doubles triumph as well, Miller at #1 and Simchik at #3.
Wesleyan closed out the fall portion of its schedule Sat., Oct. 10 with a trip to Simmons. There the Cardinals prevailed, 8-1, to end its fall campaign with a perfect 4-0 mark. Leading the way during the fall with 4-0 records in both singles and doubles were Aniello, McDougal and Simchik.
The squad resumed action during its spring trip in March. Playing the opening two of five matches in Orlando, Fla., Sun., March 7 and Mon., March 8, Wesleyan extended its win streak to six with a solid 8-1 win over Webber International and a 9-0 sweep of Malone. Miller, Aniello, Holmes and Simchik all produced victories in singles and doubles vs. Webber while only one set in singles wasn't a 6-0 or 6-1 Wesleyan win and the three doubles matches yielded a collective 24-5 margin for the Cardinals against Malone.
The team's match Tues., March 9 figured to be a stiff challenge as St. Mary's (IN) brought a 4-1 record into the match with some good victories under its belt. It came down to the wire as Wesleyan came away with a 5-4 decision. The teams split the six singles matches as straight-set victories by Aniello, McDougal and Simchik put the team score in the hands of the doubles pairs. Though Fischer and Miller both lost in three sets in singles, their 8-6 victory at #1 doubles broke the 4-4 tie. Simchik and Aniello had already helped the cause with their 8-3 doubles win.
On Wed., March 10, Div. II opponent Saginaw Valley St. U. proved no match for the Cardinals as Wesleyan won easily, 7-2, despite resting its #1 and #2 players, Fischer and Miller, as well as #6 Simchik. As a result, the Cardinals got good mileage from Taylor Morales '13, Hannah Berkman '12 and Ana Alvarado '12, all of whom contributed to the victory with wins in both singles and doubles action.
Wesleyan hoped to get its final match of the Florida excursion vs. Ohio Dominican Thurs., March 11 into the books despite rain looming prominently in the weather forecast, but it was not to be as bad weather forced the match to be cancelled.
The undefeated Cardinals bring their 8-0 mark back to New England and will embark upon a series of nine straight NESCAC matches beginning with a trip to Colby Sun., March 28.