MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The No. 5 Wesleyan University women's tennis team took a commanding lead early on by winning the first five matches en route to a 7-2 victory over Little Three rival and No. 8 Amherst College. The Cardinals swept doubles play and claimed straight set victories at No. 1 and No. 4 singles to grab the early 5-0 lead.
Despite the eventual straight-forwardness of the match, Wesleyan started slow on two of the three doubles courts. While senior Eudice Chong and junior Victoria Yu cruised to an 8-0 win at No. 1, freshmen Polina Kiseleva and Alissa Nakamoto found themselves down 4-0 at No. 2. The tides turned dramatically, however, and the duo reeled off eight straight games for an 8-4 victory. No. 3 doubles was a similar story, as seniors Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann came back from a 4-1 deficit to win 8-4.
With the 3-0 lead and all the momentum, Wesleyan got out to big leads at No. 1 and No. 4 singles. At No. 1, Chong took the first set and then cruised, winning her match for the Cardinals' fourth overall point, 6-4, 6-1. At No. 4, Kiseleva was too tough, clinching the match with a 6-2, 6-4 win.
Amherst battled back for wins at No. 5 and No. 6, but at No. 2 and No. 3, it was Wesleyan that prevailed in a couple of tight matches. At No. 2, Yu came back from a tough first set and brought a ton of energy and positivity to turn things around for a 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 win, and at No. 3, senior Aashli Budhiraja had a similar match arc, dropping a close first set before finding her way, taking it by a final score of 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.
The win moves the Cardinals to 9-1 this season.
- Another top ten matchup awaits Wesleyan tomorrow, when No. 4 Middlebury comes to town for a morning showdown. Play is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Wesleyan outdoor tennis courts.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --