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Cardinals Edged by Middlebury in NESCAC Semifinals, 5-3

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

AMHERST, Mass. – The third-seeded Wesleyan University women's tennis team was edged by the No. 2 seed, Middlebury College, in the semifinals of the 2018 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championships, 5-3, on Saturday morning at Amherst College.

The Cardinals (12-3), ranked No. 5-nationally, await their NCAA Tournament fate when the selection show airs Monday, May 7 at noon ET on NCAA.com. The nationally-ranked No. 4 Panthers (14-2) advance to the championship match tomorrow and will face top-seeded and nationally-ranked No. 2 Williams at 9 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The top-ranked doubles tandem of Eudice Chong '18 and Victoria Yu '19 claimed the No. 1 court with an 8-3 victory over the 17th-ranked doubles team of Katherine Hughes and Skyler Schossberger. The Panthers, however, took No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to claim a 2-1 lead.
  • Chong and Yu also picked up Wesleyan's two wins in singles play.
  • Chong took No. 1 with back-to-back wins of 6-3, 6-3 over Christina Puccinelli, while Yu cruised to wins of 6-3, 6-1 over Hughes in the No. 2 position.
  • Middlebury took No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles to secure the win.
  • Alissa Nakamoto '21 dropped her first set, 6-1, but held a 4-3 lead in the second set at No. 5 singles before the Panthers secured the victory.