WELLESLEY, Mass. - The homestanding Blue swept doubles and had a strong effort in singles enroute to an 8-1 win over Mount Holyoke College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday. Wellesley moves to 11-8 overall and 5-2 in conference play, while the Lyons slip to 10-9 with a 3-4 NEWMAC mark.
Senior Justine Huang (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and first year Michaela Markwart (Hanover, Mass.) teamed up to win the first Blue point of the match in No. 2 doubles, defeating Mount Holyoke junior Catherine Peabody (San Francisco, Calif.) and first year Annissa Aamoun (Dulles, Va.), 8-2. The Blue would take a 3-0 lead into singles, as the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams followed Huang and Markwart's win with victories. Sophomore Lily Chu (Princeton, N.J.) and first year Michelle Shen (Dallas, Texas) took down senior Joy Maran (Santa Fe, N.M.) and first year Hannah Middleton (Stonington, Conn.), 8-5 at No. 3. Junior Selina Peng (Taichung, Taiwan) and first year Libby Chang (San Marino, Calif.) defeated Mount Holyoke senior Ayame Yazawa (Tokyo, Japan) and junior Ching-Ching Huang (Lukang Township, Taiwan), 8-4, in the No. 1 slot to complete the doubles sweep.
Huang opened singles play with a 6-0, 6-0 win over MHC's Yazawa at No. 1, before the Blue clinched the match behind a 6-3, 6-4 win from Peng over Ching-Ching Huang at No. 2. Wins from Markwart, 6-3, 6-4, over Peabody at No. 3, and Chang, 6-1, 7-5, over sophomore Anya Gerasimova (Salem, Ore.) at No. 4, combined with a 6-7, 6-4, 11-9, victory from junior Korina Hernandez (Tampa, Fla.) over Aamoun at No. 5 closed out the scoring for the Blue. The Lyons grabbed their lone point of the match from six as Middleton bested senior Sojin Ki (Irvine, Calif.) by a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 margin.
Both squads wrap up their regular season with a NEWMAC matchup on April 23rd, with the Blue hosting Emerson at 4:30PM, while the Lyons host Smith at 4:30PM.