By Ben Shapiro
CLINTON, N.Y. - The fourth-ranked Wesleyan University women's tennis team continued its perfect start to the 2018 season on Saturday with a 9-0 win over Hamilton, moving to 5-0. The Cardinals dominated throughout the match, winning all three doubles matches decisively, and winning five of six singles matches in straight sets.
On the doubles side, defending NCAA champions Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu had no problems at No. 1, rolling to an 8-1 victory. The freshman duo of Polina Kiseleva and Alissa Nakamoto also cruised during the second flight, while seniors Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann won easily at the third slot to help complete the doubles sweep.
There was no let up in singles, as Wesleyan was solid on all six courts on their way to victory. "I thought everyone did really well," said Yu, who won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. "There was a high amount of energy. Playing on such a fast indoor surface was not ideal, but everyone adapted well."
Speaking on her performance, the junior from Texas said, "I thought I played well. I was aggressive; I found that happy medium between being too conservative and overly aggressive."
Also winning in straight sets were Chong at No. 1, Kiseleva at the fourth slot, Nakamoto at No. 5 and Klass-Warch during the sixth flight.
Senior Aashli Budhiraja rounded out the singles wins at No. 3 in a tough match, 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.
The Hamilton indoor courts played significantly faster that Wesleyan's home courts, but as the scores showed, Wesleyan was up for the challenge. "I think everyone overcame the obstacles of the fast courts and just competed," said freshman Daniela Alvarez. "No one let that get to their head."
On Sunday, Wesleyan's weekend road trip continues in Williamstown, Mass., where the Cardinals will visit No. 2-ranked Williams in a big NESCAC showdown. The match is scheduled for not before 2 p.m., though the exact start time will depend on the Wesleyan-Williams men's match that is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.