MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The 5th-ranked Wesleyan women’s tennis team quickly finished off Allegheny with a 6-0 home win in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday morning. Wesleyan (18-1) advances to the third round of the NCAA (Sweet 16) where they meet No. 33 Mary Washington from the John Wood Memorial Tennis Courts at 12 p.m. Sunday. Allegheny (19-5) wraps up a historic season after winning an NCAA tournament game against Pitt.-Greensburg for the first time in program history on Friday.

The Cardinals, entering the NCAA tournament for the eighth time in program history (seven straight), have now won at least one game in the national postseason tournament in all eight appearances since 2001. This is the sixth straight trip for the Cardinals Sweet 16.

Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead in doubles, losing just two games overall in a dominant performance that lasted just 30 minutes. The Cardinals #3 team Renna Mohsen-Breen And Sarah Jungberg ’26 were the first to finish with an 8-1 triumph over Taylor Hayes and Allison Riley. This Cardinals tandem is now 17-1 on the season and has won nine straight games. Caitlyn Ferrante ’23 and Nika Veseley ’25 previously swept Maria Lounder and Sabrina Rodriguez 8-0 for second place Kristina Ju ’22 and Sasha Gaeth ’23 ended in an 8-1 win at No. 1 over Ella Swan and Jean-Arlette Legrand.

It was similar in singles play, with the Cardinals losing just five games in six games. First it was over Leila Epstein ’26 at No. 1 over Swan, 6-0, 6-0. Then it was Youngberg and Katie Fleischman ’23 recorded a double clincher as the pairing simultaneously scored points to lead to the 6-0 match decision. Youngberg finished a 6-0, 6-0 sweep from Lounder in 4th while Fleischman rolled 6-1, 6-0 over Hayes in 6th.

Yu was close to knocking out Rodriguez as she led 6-0, 5-0 in 3rd place when the game was suspended. Serim Jin ’23 led 6-1, 3-0 in fifth place in her match against Noelle Kidd, while Ferrante led 6-2, 3-0 in second place against Legrand.

Next up for the Cardinals is a familiar opponent as Wesleyan meets Mary Washington on Sunday, an opponent Wesleyan defeated 5-2 in the same round (NCAA Third Round – Sweet 16) last season in Lexington, Va.


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