MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The No. 5 Wesleyan University women's tennis team defeated No. 6 Tufts University, 6-3, in its first-ever match at the new Wesleyan Tennis Courts to bring its record to 7-1 this spring. The match was immediately preceded by the official court dedication ceremony, and thanks to the ceremony as well as the pleasant weather, it was perhaps the best attended home match for Wesleyan in program history.
WIth the atmosphere electric, the Cardinals responded well from the start. At No. 3 doubles, seniors Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann stayed strong, steady, and solid in a comprehensive 8-3 win. While freshmen Alissa Nakamoto and Polina Kiseleva fell at No. 2, the No. 1 pairing of senior Eudice Chong and junior Victoria Yu earned Wesleyan a lead with an 8-5 victory.
In singles, Chong won by retirement only three games into her match, nonetheless giving Wesleyan a 3-1 lead. Kiseleva won next for Wesleyan, taking her match 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 thanks to a great performance, moving well and striking the ball extremely cleanly from the baseline. Though Tufts was hanging tough on a number of singles courts, Nakamoto put to bed any hopes of a comeback with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5, earning the clinching point for the Cardinals. Next to her at No. 6 was Helen Klass-Warch, who had to dig deep despite the lopsided score line to win 6-0, 6-1, giving Wesleyan a sixth point.
Besides the win and the court dedication, the match also marked the debut of Wesleyan Tennis' new live streaming of matches, with dedicated cameras on all six courts. Live streaming for future matches can be found at the team's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCem0fdFIymMvh3rV84SfdDA
- A midweek matchup with Bates awaits Wesleyan this Wednesday, with the Bobcats coming to Middletown for a 3:30 showdown. Next weekend will bring two more NESCAC matches, with the Cardinals hosting Amherst on Saturday and Middlebury on Sunday.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --