WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 4 Wesleyan University women's tennis team pushed No. 2 Williams College in a number of individual matches but were unable to find victory against the Ephs on Sunday, dropping the matchup 8-1.
Senior Eudice Chong was the only winner for the Cardinals, playing excellent singles at No. 1 to defeat Juli Raventos 6-0, 6-1. It was an impressive performance from start to finish, especially against the only Division III player to ever defeat Chong.
In the doubles portion of the match, the Cardinals played a very tight match at No. 3, where seniors Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann played some great tennis at times but were unable to put it all together at the end, falling in a heartbreaker 8-6. At No. 1, Chong and Victoria Yu '19 were upset by Raventos and Julia Cancio 9-8(6) in a very long match that was decided by truly the slimmest of margins.
While Chong was the only winner, other Cardinals had strong performances as well. At No. 3, Aashli Budhiraja '18 fought back after dropping the first set, winning the second and forcing a full third. In the end, she would fall in a well-played battle to Chloe Henderson 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. At No. 5, freshman Alissa Nakamoto refused to go down easy, but in the end was defeated by Cancio 7-5, 6-2.
- This Wednesday, Wesleyan makes the short drive up to Hartford for a match against Trinity at 3:30 p.m. Next weekend, the women will have their home opener on Saturday against Tufts, with the match scheduled to begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. Preceding the match will be the men's match against Tufts at 10:00 a.m. and then a dedication ceremony for the new outdoor tennis center.
- Recap by Ben Shapiro -