LEWISTON, Maine – With a 3-0 lead after doubles action, the fifth-seeded Wesleyan University women's tennis team only needed two wins in singles play to defeat fourth-seeded Bowdoin College, 5-1 in the first round of the 2016 NESCAC Championship, hosted by Bates College. The win marked the Cardinals' first conference victory in program history.
Wesleyan: 11-4, 6-4 NESCAC
Bowdoin: 12-6, 5-3 NESCAC
- The Cardinals swept doubles action to take a decisive 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
- In No. 1 doubles, Eudice Chong '18 and Helen Klass-Warch '18 defeated Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng, 8-5.
- Victoria Yu '19 and Aashli Budhiraja '18 claimed an 8-3 win over Kyra Silitch and Tess Trinka in No. 2 doubles, and Nicole McCann '18 and Dasha Dubinsky '18 earned an 8-5 win against Pilar Geffenig and Maddie Rolph in the No. 3 spot.
- Wesleyan had to win two singles matches to earn the victory, and received those wins from Chong and Budhiraja.
- Chong cruised to wins of 6-2 and 6-1 over Likhanskaia in No. 1 singles.
- Budhiraja defeated Trinka in No. 4 singles, 6-2 and 6-3.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today marked a rematch of last year's first round matchup, in which Bowdoin defeated Wesleyan, 5-4. Both team's entered the tournament with the same seedings as today.
- The Polar Bears also defeated the Cardinals earlier this season, 5-4.
- Wesleyan is making its third conference tournament appearance, and second consecutive.
- The Cardinals are ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA national rankings, while the Polar Bears sit at No. 6.
- Wesleyan returns to the court tomorrow to face top-seeded Williams in second round action beginning at 9 a.m. The Ephs are ranked second in the country.