Sweeping all six singles matches in straight sets, and capturing the top two doubles matches as well, Wesleyan cruised to its initial northern victory of the spring, 8-1, over visiting Mount Holyoke Wed., April 6. Up next for the squad was a visit from NESCAC rival Colby Sat., April 9. The Cardinals gained their first NESCAC triumph of the year with a tight 5-4 win. After that, Wesleyan made it two NESCAC wins in a row with a comfortable 7-2 conquering of Hamilton Sun., April 17. Now 9-5 on the season with three matches remaining, the Cardinals have clinched their sixth consecutive winning campaign. The squad has a chance to become the third-winingest team in school history with 12 victories. The team posted 10 wins a year ago after picking up 11 triumphs each of the four years between 2005-09. The 2000-01 squad set the mark with a 15-4 season while the 1998-99 squad went 13-3.
Against Mount Holyoke, Genevieve Aniello '13 (photo lower right) joined forces with Grace Smith '14 (photo lower left) for an 8-5 win at first doubles while Aniello was a 6-4, 6-2 victory at first singles and Smith secured a 6-1, 6-1 third singles victory. At number two doubles, Sarah Miller '12 (photo lower left) and Kiley Robbins '14 (photo upper right) teamed up for an 8-0 win. Miller posted a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at number two singles. Robbins was a 6-2, 6-4 victor at number four singles.
Also winning at number five singles, 6-3, 7-6, was Linda McDougal '11. Nicki Softness '14 rounded out the Wesleyan winners with a 6-0, 6-1 conquest at number six singles.
Aniello, Miller and Smith all came away with straight-set singles wins against Colby to clinch the team conquest. Wesleyan took a 2-1 lead from the doubles matches into singles play as Aniello and Smith were 8-4 winners at #1 while Miller combined with Robbins for the most dramatic decision of the day, 9-7. Softness was the only Cardinal involved in a three-set singles battle but fell in a third-set tie-breaker.
Playing indoors at the East Hartford Tennis Club for their match with Hamilton, the Cardinals swept the doubles bouts and captured four of six singles matches. Each singles winner also was a doubles winner as Miller, Smith, Robbins and Softness were on top of their game. Each won in straight sets.
Wesleyan moves out-of-conference for its next outing, a home match with Holy Cross Wed., April 20. It will be the first meeting of the teams in 37 years as Wesleyan won the only other encounter of the squads back in 1974, 6-3, to open Wesleyan second-ever varsity season.