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No. 4 Wesleyan Wins NCAA Regional with 5-1 Victory Over No. 8 Brandeis

Photo Courtesy of Ryan Nye
Photo Courtesy of Ryan Nye

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 4 Wesleyan women's tennis team won an NCAA Regional with a 5-1 victory over No. 8 Brandeis on Sunday. With the victory, the Cardinals advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second-straight year and second time in program history and will take on No. 19 MIT on May 20th in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Cardinals extended their win streak to nine with the victory, as the Judges concluded their historic season with a 14-8 mark. Wesleyan advanced to the Regional Final, blanking Rhode Island College 5-0, while the Judges downed No. 16 Skidmore 5-0 in their first-ever tournament appearance. The Cardinals now hold a 3-0 overall record against the Judges.  

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan's Alexis Almy and Alissa Nakamoto grabbed the first point for the Cardinals in a thrilling 8-7(3) triumph at #3. The duo traded points with Brandeis duo Sophia He and Ana Hatfield, but it was Almy and Nakamoto who prevailed in the tiebreak, holding their opponents to three points.
  • The second and third points for the Cardinals came within a few seconds of each other. At #2, Venia Yeung and Polina Kiseleva were patient, playing strong tennis and triumphing 8-5.
  • In the #1 spot, sister tandem Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu exchanged the first six points with Judges' Olivia Leavitt and Lauren Bertsch. Up 6-4, the Brandeis duo battled back to within one (6-5), but the Yu sisters powered through to win 8-5.  

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Kiseleva carried her momentum from doubles into her play at #4 singles, topping her opponent 6-2, 6-2 to earn the fourth point for Wesleyan.
  • Brandeis' Hatfield earned a point at #5 due to retirement, as the Judges cut the deficit to 4-1.
  • Nakamoto clinched the match for the Cardinals, decisively taking down her opponent 6-2, 6-1 at #6 to lift Wesleyan past Brandeis.
  • When the match was clinched, first-year Yu was up 6-2, 3-2 at #3, while Yeung was up 6-2, 1-0 at #2. In the top-spot, senior Yu was down a set 6-4, but up 1-0 when the match was decided.