NESCAC CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL
HADLEY, Mass. – The nationally-ranked No. 8 Wesleyan University women's tennis team finished 6-4 overall in conference play to earn the fifth-seed in the 2016 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship for the second consecutive season.
When: Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8
Where: The Wallach Tennis Center on the campus of Bates College (Lewiston, Maine)
The Cardinals, who finished 10-4 overall and 6-4 in league play, enter the three-day tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face fourth-seeded Bowdoin College in first round action Friday at 9 a.m. The winner of that match will advance to the second round Saturday, and will face top-seeded Williams at 9 a.m.
Wesleyan, ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA national rankings, has won six consecutive dual matches and five in league play as it enters the tournament. Bowdoin, ranked No. 6 in the nation, is 12-5 overall and 5-3 in conference action. After opening the season 10-1, the Polar Bears have gone just 2-4 since and are 1-3 in their last four NESCAC matches.
The Cardinals are making back-to-back NESCAC Championship appearances for the first time in program history, and for the third time overall since the conference went to a tournament format in 2006. Bowdoin has appeared in the conference championship each season since that time. Friday will mark a rematch of last season's first round match, in which the Polar Bears defeated Wesleyan, 5-4, before dropping to Williams in the second round, 5-1. Bowdoin also claimed a 5-4 win over the Cardinals earlier this season on April 3rd.
2016 NESCAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
First Round – Friday, May 6
No. 4 Bowdoin vs. No. 5 Wesleyan – 9 a.m.
No. 3 Amherst vs. No. 6 Tufts – 11:30 a.m.
Second Round – Saturday, May 7
No. 1 Williams vs. Winner of Bowdoin/Wesleyan – 9 a.m.
No. 2 Middlebury vs. Winner of Amherst/Tufts – 11:30 a.m.
Championship – Sunday, May 8
Second Round Match 1 Winner vs. Second Round Match 2 Winner – 9 a.m.
June 14, 2016 Chong Named to ITA Collegiate All-Star Team
June 9, 2016 Four Cardinals Earn ITA All-America Honors
May 3, 2016 Women’s Tennis Prepares for NESCAC Championships
April 24, 2016 No. 8 Cardinals Edge No. 15 Tufts, 5-4
April 23, 2016 Women's Tennis Cruise to 9-0 Victory over Colby
April 19, 2016 No. 8 Wesleyan Downs Bates, 9-0
April 17, 2016 No. 8 Wesleyan Edged by No. 5 Amherst, 6-3
April 10, 2016 Women's Tennis Defeated by No. 2 Williams, 5-1
April 3, 2016 No. 7 Wesleyan Edged by No. 4 Bowdoin, 5-4
March 19, 2016 No. 8 Women's Tennis Falls to No. 7 Middlebury, 7-2