PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The No. 5 Wesleyan University women's tennis team began it's NCAA Tournament campaign with a comfortable victory over Hope College on Friday afternoon, cruising to a 5-0 win and booking its spot in the Sweet 16, matching the program's best-ever postseason finish.
The Cardinals came into the match as the No. 1 seed in their regional, which is being hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wesleyan jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a dominating performance in doubles, winning all three courts quickly and efficiently. At No. 1, senior Eudice Chong and junior Victoria Yu won 8-0, at No. 2, freshmen Polina Kiseleva and Alissa Nakamoto won 8-2, and at No. 3, seniors Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann won 8-1.
In singles, it was a race to the finish, with the Cardinals jumping out to big leads on most courts. In the end, it was Chong and Nakamoto who would win the fourth and fifth points for Wesleyan, clinching the match with a pair of straight-set victories. Chong won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 and Nakamoto followed moments later with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 4.
- Wesleyan advances to the regional final against hosts Carnegie Mellon tomorrow, with a spot in the Elite 8 in Claremont, Calif. on the line. The match was originally scheduled for 12 p.m. but will either be played outdoors at 9:30 a.m. or indoors at 2 p.m. depending on the weather.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --