No. 3 Women’s Tennis Opens NCAA Tournament Play this Weekend at Washington & Lee

The three-time defending NESCAC Champion and No. 3 nationally ranked Wesleyan women’s tennis team has drawn one of the top seeds for the 2022 NCAA Tournament, earning a bye into the second round on Saturday, May 14 where they await the winner of the first round matchup between Stevens and Drew. The Cardinals (20-0) became the first Wesleyan program in school history to win three straight NESCAC titles over the weekend following a 5-4 win over No. 5 Middlebury in the final. Wesleyan is making their six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and look for a return trip to the national title match, a match the Cardinals have appeared in two straight seasons, winning the NCAA Championship in 2019. The Cardinals are one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation (Rhode Island College 16-0).

The Cardinals are in the midst of another incredible campaign as the team is 51-3 since the start of the 2019 season while the 20 wins this season is tied for a single-season record (20-2 in 2019). Wesleyan won a pair of epic matches this past weekend to win their third straight league title, defeating No. 9 Amherst 5-4 before coming back from 3-1 down to defeat No. 5 Middlebury 5-4 on Sunday. Venia Yeung ’22 sealed the clinching point for Wesleyan in both the semifinal and title match.

Wesleyan has found great success in the NCAA Tournament over the past two contested seasons, winning the NCAA National title in 2019 while finishing as the National runner-up in 2021. In 2019, Wesleyan defeated the No. 1 ranked team Emory and No. 2 ranked CMS by identical 5-4 scores to become the school’s first-ever women’s team national champion. In 2021, Wesleyan rolled to the national title match before Emory handed the Cardinals their first and only defeat last season.

This season, Wesleyan has established an incredible dual match season, winning 20 straight matches including nine over Top 25 ranked teams. The Cardinals enter the NCAA Tournament having lost two doubles matches just twice out of 20 matches while Wesleyan has won at least three singles matches in every match this season.

Several members of Wesleyan’s lineup contributed in the Cardinals’ national title run back in 2019 as Yeung and Kristina Yu ’22 played both singles and doubles as freshmen that season. Yeung won in both singles and doubles in the 5-4 national title victory over CMS while Yu scored a doubles victory.

Yeung has been a mainstay in the lineup all season and is coming off a big weekend, coming through in the clutch with singles wins in both the semifinal and championship match that clinching wins for the Cardinals. Yu has been one of the best all-around contributors in the Wesleyan lineup all season, combining for 33 victories (14 singles, 17 doubles) in 2021-22.

Caitlyn Ferrante ’22 is the # 1 for Wesleyan in singles and doubles, and she scored a big 6-2, 6-2 victory in the NESCAC Championship over Brinlea La Barge of Middlebury to help in the comeback for the Cardinals. Ferrante and doubles partner Sasha Gaeth ’23 have been incredible at # 1 all spring, sporting a 15-1 record as a tandem.

Katie Fleischman ’23 is 13-3 in dual match singles play this spring as she is 7-1 at # 2 and 5-2 at # 3. For the season, Fleischman is 18-5 in singles matches, tied for the most wins on the team with Ferrante.

Serim Jin ’23 has been used all throughout the Cardinal lineup this spring, being used in the # 2 through # 5 positions. Jin is 13-3 in duals and also scored a big win in the title match against Middlebury, defeating Amy Delman at # 4 6-3, 6-4.

Yu has been a steady force in singles and doubles this season, earning All-American honors in the fall competing with Gaeth and rolling in the spring with a 7-1 record with current partner Reindeer Mohsen-Breen ’25. For the season, Yu is 17-6 in doubles play and 14-4 in singles (14-2 in duals).

Mohsen-Breen’s play in singles and doubles has been a key cog in the success of Wesleyan’s dual season, as she sports an unblemished 11-0 record in dual matches (17-1 overall) while she is 7-1 in doubles during dual play with Yu. Mohsen-Breen is 5-0 at # 6 and 4-0 at # 5 in singles as she has won 16 straight matches since the fall.

Nika Vesley ’25 is another mainstay, as her and doubles partner Sophie Henderson ’22 are a combined 15-3 this season at # 2. Vesley is also 7-1 in singles play this season, being used in the # 2 spot in the lineup.

Wesleyan will face either Stevens or Drew in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals have never faced Stevens and have met Drew just once, a 9-0 win in Florida back in 2011. Stevens has won nine straight matches including a 5-1 win over Wilkes in the MAC Freedom Championship last Saturday. Drew has won 10 straight matches, winning the Landmark Conference title with a 5-2 win over Moravian.

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