MIDDLEBURY, Vt.— No. 5 Middlebury topped No. 6 Wesleyan in a matchup of top women's teams on Saturday, as the Panthers got out to a quick doubles lead on their home indoor courts and hung on despite a valiant comeback attempt from the Cardinals. Freshman Alexis Almy led the way for Wesleyan, helping to keep them in the match as the only winner in both singles and doubles.
At #3, Almy and Alissa Nakamoto were the last doubles match on, and even with all eyes on them, the duo came through with some huge returns in the final game to win 8-6.
Although the Cards went into singles down 2-1, they still brought great fire right from the get go in singles, particularly at #2, where Venia Yeung stormed out to a huge lead against 2018 All-American Katherine Hughes. Though Hughes would fight back well, Yeung came out on top in a very high quality match 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.
Kiseleva also faced a tough test at #4, but played with a determination to win from first point to last, staying relentless in a hard fought 6-2, 6-4 win.
At #6, Almy rounded things out with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(2) win in the final match of the day. The freshman pounded groundstrokes from both sides, with everything clicking at the end for a dominating performance in the match tiebreaker.
The Cardinals host No. 8 Williams next Saturday in a key Little Three matchup. That match is scheduled for a 10:00 AM start in what will be a major opportunity to make another statement in NESCAC play.
--Recap by Ben Shapiro--