W. tennis moves to 10-6
Sarah Wiener ’13 prepares to serve. Wiener and the rest of women’s tennis earned their first two conference wins.
Colby women’s tennis earned two victories this past weekend over fellow New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams to move to 2-5 in the league and 10-6 overall. After falling to Bates College on Thursday, April 19, the Mules swept the weekend over Hamilton College and Connecticut College.
Colby put up a solid performance against Bates, ranked 30th in the nation in Division III. The Mules fell 7-2 but were just a few points away from turning it into a 5-4 match. The Bobcats swept doubles play 8-1, 8-5 and 8-4 at first, second and third doubles, respectively. Bates’ Lucy Brennan took an easy win over Victoria Abel ’14 at fifth singles, 6-0, 6-3, to give the Bobcats a 4-0 lead. Mckenzie Love ’13 scored a victory for the Mules at sixth singles, but Bates’ Elena Mandzhukova took out Sarah Wiener ’13 at first singles to give the Bobcats the decisive fifth point. Bates took two more points in three-set singles matches as Meg Anderson defeated Tess Perese ’14 at second singles (5-7, 7-6 (5), 11-9) and Erika Blauth beat Sally Holmes ’13 (2-6, 6-3, 10-2). The Mules picked up their second point thanks to captain Kathryn Vergeyle ’12 at third singles, 5-7, 7-5, 10-5.
The weekend brought better results for the Mules—their first positive marks in NESCAC play this season. On Saturday, April 21, the Mules cruised to an 8-1 win over Hamilton. Vergeyle and Wiener teamed to win at first doubles (8-2) while Holmes and Love were victorious at third (8-4). Perese and Abel, however, were unable to get much going at second doubles, falling 8-3. Ahead 2-1 entering singles play, the Mules easily swept all six singles matches, losing no more than four games in any match. Wiener, Perese, Vergeyle, Holmes, Love and Erica Talamo ’15 all won in straight sets.
The Mules rounded out the weekend with a Sunday morning indoor win over Connecticut College. Colby again won at first doubles with Vergeyle and Wiener, but Coach Doanh Wang opted to tinker with the second and third doubles teams. Abel and Holmes teamed up at second doubles but fell 8-5, while Love and Perese gave the Mules the 2-1 lead with an 8-2 win at third doubles. At first singles, Connecticut College’s Sara Krivoshik took down Wiener, 6-0, 6-2. Perese won a battle at second singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Playing in her final home match, Vergeyle stifled her opponent at third singles, dropping just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0 win. Holmes had an equally impressive win at fourth singles (6-2, 6-1) while Love cruised in the second set to take the win at sixth singles, 6-3, 6-0. Abel dropped a third set super tiebreaker at fifth singles (7-5, 1-6, 10-6), but the Mules escaped with a 6-3 win and their second NESCAC victory.
The win over Connecticut College marks the end of the season for the Mules. It was the last match for Vergeyle, the lone senior on the squad. The Mules will look to improve upon their 2-5 NESCAC record as most of the starting lineup returns.