A wild weekend of action resulted in the best possible outcome for a Wesleyan team on a roll. Baseball traveled to Amherst for the most important series of the year. On the line was the first seed in the NESCAC West, home-field advantage in the playoffs, and the Little Three championship.
After a disappointing loss to NESCAC rival Hamilton College, the men’s tennis team needed to string together some impressive performances—if not to win the league, then at least to save face.
The men’s tennis team headed into this weekend with a different approach then they had employed in the past.
Going into Saturday’s match against the Colby College Mules, the men’s tennis team had shown the unsettling trend of playing better tennis against out of conference teams than they did against NESCAC opponents.
In an effort to avenge their recent loss to Little Three rival Amherst College and prove their ability to compete with some of the toughest competition the NESCAC has to offer, the Wesleyan Cardinals (0-1 NESCAC, 5-4-1 Overall) played two important games this past week.
The Wesleyan men’s tennis team enjoyed a strong fall short-season, in which they managed a 3-1 record. Despite not playing any NESCAC foes in the fall, the Cardinals hoped to carry their success over to the spring season, in which they will play a majority of matches against NESCAC opponents.
In their final team competition of the year, the Wesleyan men’s squash team headed up to Boston for the National Team Championship. They played three matches, all against teams that they had played earlier in the year.
After a disappointing showing at the NESCAC championships at Trinity, the Wesleyan men’s squash team entered the Vassar Team Challenge competition looking for a shot at redemption.
Coming into the weekend, Wesleyan squash players knew that they had two tough matches on hand. In addition to the fact that they were playing two potent teams, they were playing rivalry games on both the men’s and women’s sides.
This past weekend, (December 3-5) Wesleyan’s men’s and women’s squash teams hosted the Round Robin Squash Invitational, and the home teams sure gave the fans something to be happy about.
In their third win-or-go-home match of the year, Wesleyan volleyball was unable to stave off top-ranked Amherst, finally ending their Cinderella story of a season.
Volleyball’s final games of the year will make or break their playoff chances and the team is feeling the pressure. Luckily, history was on the Cards’ side this Wednesday, as Wesleyan took a 7-3 out of conference record into their last non-conference game of the 2010-11 season against Eastern Connecticut State.
Homecoming weekend was, for the most part, a successful one for the women’s volleyball squad. Despite losing an important game to NESCAC foe Trinity, the women posted big wins over non-conference opponents Babson and Western New England College.
Starting off fall break on the right track was on the Cardinals’ agenda, but unfortunately on Friday and Saturday the volleyball team endured what have become typical NESCAC results, losing in straight sets to both Middlebury and Amherst.
After last weekend’s volleyball action ended in two losses to formidable teams Bowdoin and Tufts, who were tied for the NESCAC league lead with identical undefeated records, they had planned for this to be weekend different.
Heading into the weekend, Wes volleyball was looking once again to raise their 4-4 record above the .500 mark against two tough NESCAC opponents. Unfortunately Tufts (5-0 conference record, 13-3 overall record, first in the NESCAC) and Bowdoin (5-0 conference record, 11-5 overall, tied for first in the NESCAC) had other plans for the weekend action.