NESCAC First Round: No. 3 Wesleyan 5, No. 6 Bowdoin 2

NESCAC First Round: No. 3 Wesleyan 5, No. 6 Bowdoin 2

Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information

ENFIELD, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's tennis team returns to the NESCAC Semifinals for the second time in the past three seasons after defeating Bowdoin College in the First Round of the NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Friday morning, 5-2, inside the Enfield Tennis Club.

The Cardinals (12-2) are the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, marking their highest seeding ever after posting a program record seven NESCAC victories during the regular season. Today's win marked their third-straight season with 12 wins, which is also a program-best. They will face the No. 2 seed, Middlebury, in the semifinals tomorrow at 9 a.m. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan took a 2-1 lead after doubles play with wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. The duo of Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu earned an 8-4 win at No. 1 over Tess Trinka and Izzy Essi of the Polar Bears (9-12), while Polina Kiseleva and Alissa Nakamoto claimed their first NESCAC Tournament wins with an 8-3 victory at No. 2.
  • The Cardinals had to take 3-of-6 singles matches to secure the win, and they did so in the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 positions.
  • Yu won at No. 2 singles with back-to-back wins of 6-2, 6-2. Aashli Budhiraja took the No. 3 spot by scores of 6-2, 6-4, and Nakamoto claimed No. 5 singles with marks of 6-3, 6-2.
  • Kiseleva held a 2-1 lead in the first set at No. 4 before the match concluded, and Chong held a 3-0 lead in the first set at No. 1 singles.