No. 8 Women’s Tennis Sweeps No. 14 Mary Washington in the Second Round of the NCAA Championships, 5-0

Photos by Jonas Powell '18
Photos by Jonas Powell '18

CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL l BRACKET

AMHERST, Mass. – The eighth-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team swept No. 14 University of Mary Washington, 5-0 in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships Saturday morning on the campus of Amherst College.

With the win, Wesleyan advances to the third round of the tournament, and will play regional host and No. 7 Amherst (13-7) tomorrow, May 15 at 12 p.m. Sunday's match marks the second meeting between the Little Three rivals in the postseason tournament, as Amherst defeated the Cardinals 7-2 in the 2001 regional round. Live stats will be available for tomorrow's match here.

RECORDS
Wesleyan: 12-5
Mary Washington: 20-5 

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cardinals claimed all three matches in doubles action to earn the 3-0 sweep.
  • In the No. 1 position, First Team All-NESCAC selections Eudice Chong '18 and Aashli Budhiraja '18 won 8-2 over Shelby Harris and Kait Brogan.
  • Helen Klass-Warch '18 and Victoria Yu '19 took No. 2 doubles over Mackenzie Smith and Taylor Diffley, 8-2.
  • In No. 3 doubles, Nicole McCann '18 and Dasha Dubinsky '18 edged Caroline Mosberg and Sara Fioretti, 8-6.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • With a 3-0 advantage entering singles play, Wesleyan had to win just two matches to earn the victory, and they received those wins from Chong and Yu.
  • Chong cruised to wins of 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles, defeating Brogan, and Yu took the first set 6-3 before edging Harris 7-5 in the second to claim No. 2 singles.
  • In No. 3 singles, Klass-Warch held a 7-6, 3-0 lead before the match ended, and Budhiraja held a 7-6, 4-1 advantage in No. 5 singles.
  • Dubinsky and Chrissy Gaul were in the third set of a thriller in No. 6 singles. Gaul claimed a 6-3 win in the first, but Dubinsky retaliated with a 6-3 win in set two. Dubinsky was ahead 1-0 in the third before Yu sealed the victory for the Cardinals.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Wesleyan is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, and first since 2001.
  • Today's win increased the Cardinals' national postseason record to 2-1.
  • Chong and Budhiraja also qualified for the NCAA individual championships, while Yu was selected as a singles alternate representing the Northeast region.