Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Wesleyan's women's tennis team qualified for the NESCAC Championship match for the first time in program history on Saturday, topping Bowdoin 5-1 in the semifinals. Much like the previous match with Bowdoin on March 30, Wesleyan received key contributions from the top of its lineup, though this time around, the Cardinals were in a position to win every singles spot when the match was clinched.
- Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu put together one of their best performances of the spring, looking in-sync and playing a very clean match in an 8-2 win.
- The duo of Polina Kiseleva and Venia Yeung continued to play the type of tennis that has brought them success all season at No. 2. Their combination of powerful groundstrokes and aggressive movement at net led them to an 8-2 victory.
- At No. 3, Alissa Nakamoto and Alexis Almy faced a back-and-forth match before Bowdoin pulled ahead for an 8-6 win.
- Wesleyan's first singles point came in a hurry at No. 2, where Venia Yeung cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win.
- As darkness started to descend over Middlebury, Wesleyan was nearing the end of several matches, needing two more points to seal the victory. Just moments before sunset, Victoria Yu finished off her match at No. 1 6-1, 6-2, and was soon followed by Kiseleva at No. 4, a 6-3, 6-3 winner to give Wesleyan the decisive fifth point and book the Cardinal's ticket into Sunday's final.
The Cardinals set up a showdown against top-seeded Middlebury on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for the NESCAC Championship in a match that is expected to be played outdoors. Regardless of the winner, it will be the first time in history that the conference championship goes to a team other than Williams or Amherst. Earlier this year on Middlebury's indoor courts, the Panthers topped the Cardinals 5-4 in a tightly contested matchup.