Cardinals Roll Past Conn for 2nd Time This Season, Then Split Pair of Matches in Maine, Drop Three Matches in Pioneer Valley Invite & Fall in Little Three Battles
Downing Conn. College for the second time this season, this time by a solid 8-1 count during the Yale Round Robin Sat., Jan. 14 to open the second semester action, the Cardinals, ranked #20 nationally, improved their record to 9-4 this year. Conn. College is ranked #23.
At #4, Grace Zimmerman '13 (main photo) was one of seven Cardinals to sweep her Camel rival as she yielded a team-low 11 points in her three games. At #6, Danielle Craig '13 (photo insert upper left) allowed just 14 points during her 3-0 sweep. Also winning in three games were #1 Mary Foster '14, #3 Annie Maxwell '15, #5 Tanesha Jackson '13, #7 Kar-Anne Tan '14 and #8 Hannah Jenkins '15. The Cardinals' eighth victory vs. Conn came at #2 where Lauren Nelson '15 won, 3-2.
Wesleyan had a very exciting trip on Wed., Jan. 18 as the Cardinals ventured to Bowdoin to take on both the Polar Bears and the Mules of Colby. Bowdoin is ranked just ahead of Wesleyan, holding the 19th spot while Colby is not far behind at #22 in a tightly packed conference grouping. Seven NESCAC squads are ranked between #15 and #23. Wesleyan dropped a 5-4 decision to Bowdoin while downing Colby, 5-4, earlier this season.
During this more recent trip, Wesleyan again conquered Colby, 5-4, but fell to Bowdoin, 8-1. Four of the squad's losses to Bowdoin came by a 3-2 count, including those by Zimmerman, Jackson and Tan, each of whom downed their Mule rival by a 3-0 score to lead the way to victory. Two other defeats to Bowdoin were by a 3-1 score as the match truly was much tighter than the final team score would indicate. Foster accounted for the lone Wesleyan win over Bowdoin with a 3-0 decision.
Up next for the team was the Pioneer Valley Invitational in central Mass. over the weekend. On Sat., Jan. 21, the Cards took on Hamilton and Yale. Matches on Sun., Jan. 22 feature F&M and Columbia as the opponents. Yale is #2 in the country while Columbia (#16), F&M (#17) and Hamilton (#18) loom as prime targets.
While six Cardinals took at least one game from their Hamilton rival, the Continentals captured the match by an 8-1 count. Yale swept past Wesleyan, 9-0, without dropping a game. Tan was a 3-1 victor vs. the Continentals. The match with F&M went to the Diplomats, 9-0, while the match with Columbia was cancelled as the Lions chose not to attend the tournament due to weather issues.
Ahead for the Cardinals was the annual Little Three competiton, hosted by Wesleyan Sat., Jan. 28. While no Cardinal defeated her Williams rival as the Ephs prevailed, 9-0, Foster was a 3-1 victor against Amherst as the lone Cardinal winner in an 8-1 setback. Nelson, Zimmerman, #6 Nell Schwed '14, and Jenkins all took a game from their Amherst counterpart while Jackson pushed her opponent to five games in a very competitive outing.
Next up for the squad is the annual NESCAC Championship, whch begins Fri., Feb. 3 at Trinity. The top eight teams continue in the main bracket at Trinity Sat. and Sun., Feb. 4-5. The bottom three squads head to Wesleyan to play consolation matches Sat., Feb. 4.