Cards Get Back on Track with Victory over Hamilton, 6-3, as NESCAC Season Gets into Full Swing


After absorbing their first loss of the season a week earlier at Colby, the Cardinals made an excursion to Hamilton Sat., April 3 for their second NESCAC match and returned with a 6-3 victory. The team now stands 9-1 on the year.

Leading the way with victories in both singles and doubles action at Hamilton were #2 Sarah Miller '12 (photo insert lower right), #3 Genevieve Aniello '13 (photo insert upper right) and #6 Casey Simchik '10 (main photo). Aniello and Simchik composed a triumphant tandem at #3 doubles while Miller joined #1 Anika Fischer '10 for a #1 double conquest. Wesleyan picked up its sixth team point from #4 Meredith Holmes '10. Each of the Cardinals' singles victories came in straight sets while both doubles wins were via an 8-4 count.

The Cardinals hosted Tufts Wed., April 7 in their opening home match of the spring. The Jumbos showed the Cardinals no mercy in grabbing a 9-0 victory without yielding a set. No Cardinal picked up more than three games in any set vs. Tufts. In doubles, the #3 squad of Simchik and Taylor Morales '13 forced their Jumbo opponents into extra play before falling by a 9-7 count.

Wesleyan had another tough NESCAC match in Middletown when the Panthers of Middlebury joined the Cardinals on the courts Sat., April 10. Meeting for just the second time in the last six years, Wesleyan took just one set, that by Simchik, as Middlebury came up with a 9-0 decision. It was only the second sweep for the Panthers in the last 15 matches vs. Wesleyan. Each team had won five of the last 10 battles.

The Cardinals visit Conn. College Sat., April 17 for their next encounter.