MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – In a showdown between the two NCAA Tournament finalists from 2021, the No. 5 nationally ranked Wesleyan women’s tennis team exacted a little revenge in a 6-3 victory over No. 4 Emory from the John Wood Memorial Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon. Wesleyan (14-0) avenged a 5-0 loss in that national title match from last season while Emory (6-7) suffers a second consecutive defeat to a NESCAC opponent (lost 6-3 at Amherst on Friday).
In this highly-anticipated showdown between the Top 5 teams, Wesleyan seized a huge advantage, sweeping all three doubles matches to build a 3-0 advantage heading into singles play. Sophie Henderson ’22 and Nika Vesley ’25 got things started with an 8-3 triumph at # 2 over Emma Cartledge and Stephanie Shulman.
The remaining two doubles matches were closer but Wesleyan pulled out an 8-5 win at # 1 thanks to Caitlyn Ferrante ’23 and Sasha Gaeth ’23 over Ana Cristina Perez and Christina Watson. Finally, in a match that lasted nearly 90 minutes, Kristina Yu ’22 and Renna Mohsen-Breen ’25 pulled out an 8-6 win at # 3 over Lauren Yoon and Eliza McPherron to spot the Cardinals a massive advantage heading into singles.
Not eating just two points to secure the victory, Wesleyan didn’t have to wait long as Serim Jin ’23 was able to pull out a 6-4 first set victory at # 4 over Shulman and carried that momentum into a clean 6-0 sweep in the second set to make it 4-0 Wesleyan.
Just one point away, it was Katie Fleischman ’23 who earned the clinching point as she made quick work in an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory at # 2 over Cartledge as the Cardinals sealed up the win with four singles matches still undecided. With the win, Fleischman moves to 10-1 in dual singles matches this season.
Emory was able to take three of the final four singles matches as Perez took down Yu at # 5 with a close 7-6 (7-0), 7-5 win. Mohsen-Breen completed a 2-0 day for the first-year as she defeated Yoon 6-2, 6-4 at # 6 as she now stands 14-1 in singles matches in 2021-22.
Wesleyan saw both Ferrante and Yeung pull out second set victories in their respective singles matches only to see the Eagles earn super tiebreak wins in both. Ferrante lost the opening set at # 1, 6-4 to McPherron, battled back to a 7-5 second set win, before falling 10-4 in the super tiebreak. Yeung also lost the first set 6-4 to Watson at # 3 before scoring a resounding 6-1 second set win, only to fall in a 10-8 super tiebreak decision as the Cardinals managed to split the singles matches with three wins apiece.
Two weeks in the regular season remain as Wesleyan heads on the road for the first time since March 26-27 with a trip to Bowdoin (Sat., April 23) and Colby (Sun., April 24) on deck.