MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally seeded No. 3 Wesleyan women’s tennis team edge past No. 8 seeded Bates 5-0 in the NESCAC quarter-final on Friday afternoon from the John Tennis Courts Wood Memorial. All games played during the playoffs are played until a team gets a decisive fifth point. The Cardinals (18-0) continue in the playoffs with a Saturday afternoon semifinal showdown against rival Little Three Amherst at 1:00 p.m. Due to forecasted rain, all matches in Saturday’s semi-finals will be played at the Rocky Hill Tennis & Fitness Center.
Wesleyan competed in a doubles competition, with all three decided in less than 45 minutes. Kristina Yu ’22 and Renna Mohsen-Breen ’25 was the first to finish in just 28 minutes at No. 3, beating Olivia Gidlow and Drew Williams 8-1. Nika Vesley ’25 and Sophie Henderson ’22 sent Joanna Atwater and Sydney Byrnes to No. 2 in a clean 8-0 sweep. Finally it was Caitlyn Ferrante ’23 and Sasha Gaet ’23 beating Anna Rozin and Ally Friedman at No. 1, 8-3, as top pairing Cardinal remains undefeated, moving to 14-0 in tandem.
Needing only two points to secure the game, the Cardinals found the deciding point early in the singles game as Mohsen-Breen was the first to finish with a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the n ° 5 on Laura Littlefield. Then it was her doubles teammate, Yu, who scored the deciding point with a 6-2, 6-1 win at #4 over Alexandra D’Aquino. The Cardinals were up by a set in the remaining four singles matches that remain unfinished in the record books.
The Cardinals, two-time defending NESCAC champions, must now prepare for a showdown with Amherst on Saturday, as it will be the first time these two legendary rivals meet in the playoffs.