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No. 1 Wesleyan Competes at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament

Megan Tran and Sophie Henderson advanced to the semifinals in Flight B (John Lacko).
Megan Tran and Sophie Henderson advanced to the semifinals in Flight B (John Lacko).

NORTHHAMPTON, Mass. – The No. 1 Wesleyan women's tennis team competed in the three-day New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) this weekend. The tournament was highlighted by finals appearance from duo Alexis Almy and Caitlyn Ferrante in the A Flight and Sasha Gaeth and Cailtlin Goldberg in the B Flight.

The tournament is the oldest continuously running collegiate tournament in the country, which features a unique format. Schools submit teams of two that compete first as a double tandem, before splitting and each playing singles against one of their doubles opponents. The duo that wins two of the three matches then advances to the next round. This year, the NEWITT featured several nationally-ranked squads including No. 4 Middlebury, No. 6 Amherst, No. 9 MIT, No. 10 Brandeis and No. 12 Tufts.

"I was very happy to see the team's energy and competitiveness shine again this weekend," expressed head coach Mike Fried. "We did a good job focusing on the things we can control, which is a daily goal of ours. This gives us some nice momentum heading into the ITA Cup and I am excited to see where we go from here."

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Almy and Ferrante, the #1 seeds of the A Flight, cruised past Endicott 3-0 in their opening match. On day two, the tandem beat Tufts 3-0, winning 8-5 in doubles to grab the first point, before Almy dominated Maggie Dorr 6-2, 6-0 and Ferrante topped Tilly Rigby 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 to advance. In the semifinals, Almy and Ferrante played strong tennis to top Amherst's Camile Smukle and Anya Ivetinsky. They began with an 8-5 triumph in doubles, before both taking their singles matches in straight-sets. The duo fell in the finals against Amherst duo Maggie Owensby and Anya Ramras. They started off with an 8-4 victory in doubles, but the Mammoths battled back to take both singles matches in straight-sets to earn the Flight A title.
  • In the B Flight, #4 seeds Gaeth and Goldberg eased to a 3-0 victory over Springfield in their opening match. On the second day, the tandem cruised past Wheaton 3-0 to advance. In the semifinals, the Cardinal duo dropped their doubles match, but came back to win both singles matches against Middlebury. Goldberg won in straight-sets, before Gaeth came through 10-8 in a super tiebreaker to advance the tandem to the finals. In the double bout of the finals, Wesleyan fell 8-4 to Amherst's Calista Sha and Maddie Dewire. In singles, Sha topped Gaeth 6-3, 6-3, while Dewire just edged Goldberg 7-5, 7-6.
  • Also in the B Flight, Megan Tran and Sophie Henderson advanced to the second day after easing to a 3-0 win over Brandeis. On Saturday, the duo topped MIT 2-1. Henderson squared off against Lara Rakocevic in her singles bout, a familiar foe she fell to earlier this year. This time, it was Henderson who came out on top, clinching the win for the Cardinal tandem to advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Henderson and Tran were edged 8-7(3) in the doubles match. Tran set the tandem in motion for a comeback, winning her singles in straight-sets, but Henderson was narrowly edged 10-8 in the super tiebreaker,  as Amherst won 2-1.

UP NEXT:

  • Six Cardinals qualified for the ITA Cup following their performances at the ITA Regional earlier last month.
  • The group will travel to Rome, Georgia for the ITA Cup beginning on October 17th.
  • Serim Jin and Katie Fleischman will compete in the singles competition, while duo Ferrante and Venia Yeung and tandem Henderson and Kristina Yu will play in the doubles competition.