Blue Tennis Cruises Past Mount Saint Mary in NCAA First Round

Sojung Lee hits a shot during the NCAA first round (Courtesy BN Photo)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Wellesley College advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament with a 5-0 victory over Mount Saint Mary College (13-4) in an afternoon match-up at the Middlebury College Regional. 

Wellesley swept doubles play in convincing fashion, allowing just two games against them, to take a 3-0 lead. The Blue then clinched the match victory with two quick wins in singles.

At third doubles, Melissa Clark and Kendall Tada opened the afternoon with an 8-0 defeat over Jillian Torre and Johanna Seidel. The first and second doubles flights both finished 8-1 in Wellesley's favor, as Marie Watanabe and Sojung Lee defeated Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg and Annmarie Llewellyn at one, and Diana Granger and Erica Choo defeated Alissa Niad and Jill Saydlowski at two. 

In singles, Wellesley won matches at #3 and #5 to seal the team victory, sending the Blue into the second round. At three, Wellesley's Clark made quick work of her opponent, defeating Niad, 6-0, 6-0. Lee then sealed the team victory for the Blue with a similar 6-0, 6-0 win over Torre at five. 

Wellesley was ahead 1-0 in each of the other battles on court when the match was decided. 

The Blue (17-6) will now take on Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.