The women’s tennis team hosted Conn College on Sunday, April 21 in a bid to get its second NESCAC win and fourth overall. Although the Camels hadn’t won in NESCAC play yet, Conn College had the same 3-8 record as the Cards. Fortunately, the Cardinals managed to beat the Camels 7-2 overall and assure themselves a place in postseason play, though Trinity later humbled Wesleyan in a 9-0 drubbing on Tuesday, April 23.
Wesleyan’s #1 seed Clare DuBrin ’15 easily won her match against Conn, 6-1, 6-0, carrying on the good play that has made her the team’s top singles player in her first year as a Cardinal. Unfortunately, the #2 seed, Grace Smith ’14, lost her match in a super tie-break after dropping the first set 3-6 and winning the second set 6-3. The rest of the singles for the Cardinal women earned routine victories, as Genevieve Aniello ’13 won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at #3, Jessica Seidman ’16 won 6-1, 6-2 at #4, and Lauren Jacobs ’15 won 6-1, 6-0 at #6. Wesleyan could have completed a clean sweep in singles, but Kiley Robbins ’14 unfortunately had to retire due to injury after winning her first set 6-2.
The doubles teams proved to be just as dominant. DuBrin and Aniello teamed up at #1 to win 8-3, Smith and Jacobs won 8-2 at #2, and Robbins and Nicki Softness ’14 blanked their opponents in their match at #3 doubles.
Unfortunately, the Cards were not able to build a winning streak when they ran into Trinity. Ranked 21st in the Division III, the Bantams won their fifth consecutive match on Tuesday, while the Cardinals fell to 4-9 overall and 2-5 in the NESCAC.
The #1 doubles team of Aniello and DuBrin got shut out by their Bantam opponents, dropping the match 8-0. The Trinity Bantams went on to win the next two doubles matches by scores of 8-4 in the #2 match and 8-5 in the #3 match. No one else got more than four games off of the Bantams; DuBrin lost 6-4, 6-0 at #1, Smith lost 6-1, 6-3 at #2, and Aniello lost 6-1, 6-0 at #3. Trinity took all six singles matches without dropping a set.
Women’s tennis has two more matches to close out the regular season. The Cards will have a home match against Colby on Saturday, April 27 before hitting the road to face Bates on Sunday, April 28.