MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Cardinal women's tennis team dominated the ITA Regional Championships as both the singles and doubles finals were all-Wesleyan affairs. First-year Serim Jin won the singles competition, while Sophie Henderson and Kristina Yu were victorious in the doubles bracket. All six players who advanced to the finals earned automatic bids into the 2019 ITA Cup which will take place in Rome, Georgia beginning on October 17th.
"It was extraordinary to have all six of our participating women as regional finalists in both the singles and doubles brackets," expressed head coach Mike Fried. "This competition was a testament to our team's talent and toughness through three days of competition. The heart these women displayed is awesome, and it is becoming a hallmark of who we are as a team. I am excited to see what these six are capable of at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in a few weeks."
- On the first day of competition, the Cardinals went 10-0 in singles play as all five players won their first and second-round matches.
- In the third round, Alexis Almy and Katie Fleischman won their first singles of the day, before squaring off in an all-Wesleyan quarterfinal match that saw Fleischman prevailing 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the semifinals. Jin fell 4-6 in her first set against Libby Rickeman of MIT, but she battled back to take the next two 6-4, 10-2 to advance to the semifinals. Yu faced NESCAC foe Camille Smukler of Amherst in the quarterfinals, but fell 5-7, 6-3. Yeung also saw her singles run fall short in the quarterfinals due to retirement.
- In the semifinals, Fleischman topped MIT's Sarah Pertsemlidis 7-5, 7-6 (4) in two tight sets, while Jin cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory of Amherts' Smuckler to set up the all-Wesleyan finals.
- In the championship match, the first set saw tight competition, before Jin topped Fleischman 6-4, 6-0 to win the crown.
- Almy and Caitlin Goldberg started the day facing an Amherst tandem, but fell 8-2.
- Yeung and Caitlyn Ferrante cruised to a straight forward 8-2 victory over a Bates duo, before topping a Bowdoin tandem 8-3 to advance to the semifinals. Yu and Henderson battled two tight matches to advance to the semifinals, both coming down to the tiebreak. In the first match, the duo won 8-7(5), before advancing the semifinals with an 8-7(4) victory.
- In the semifinals, Henderson and Yu took care of business with an 8-6 win, while Yeung and Ferrante won 8-5 to advance to the all-Wesleyan final.
- In the title match, both Cardinal duos fought hard for every point. Yu and Henderson picked up the first set with a 6-4 victory, before Yeung and Ferrante won the second 6-3 to force a super tiebreak. In the super tiebreak, it went back and forth, but Yu and Henderson ultimately prevailed with a 10-8 victory.
- The Cardinals are idle until October 11th when they compete in the NEWITT Tournament hosted by Smith and Mount Holyoke.