MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — In a matchup of top-five teams, visiting Middlebury College defeated the Wesleyan University women's tennis team, 6-3 on Sunday, proving too strong at the bottom of the lineup. The Cardinals were led by senior Eudice Chong and junior Victoria Yu, who combined for all three of Wesleyan's points.
In doubles, Chong and Yu got the Cardinals their only doubles point, winning 8-5 at No. 1. At both No. 2 and No. 3, Middlebury was too solid, playing consistent tennis and not giving any free points to Wesleyan. Both matches ended up as 8-2 victories for the visitors.
Chong was completely dominant in singles, winning in about 30 minutes, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2, Yu got out to a great start, but was made to work before finally taking the first set 6-4. In the second, the junior had an easier time, rolling to a 6-2 victory for Wesleyan's only other singles point.
Lower in the lineup, Middlebury was solid and Wesleyan was not able to keep up. At No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6, the Panthers won in straight sets, while at No. 3, senior Aashli Budhiraja played an extremely long first set, but eventually had to retire early in the second, giving the win to her opponent.
With the setback, No. 5 Wesleyan falls to 9-2 this season.
- A midweek battle with NESCAC and in-state rival Connecticut College is up next for the Cardinals. Wesleyan will travel to New London on Wednesday for the showdown with the Camels, and play is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --