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Women's tennis beats Wesleyan for 10th win, 5-4

Alex Piacquad '10 gutted out a win at first singles for one of Bates' five points.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Bates College women's tennis team picked up a key conference win in their final match of the regular season on Sunday, winning 5-4 at Wesleyan University.

Bates finishes 10-6 overall and 4-4 in the NESCAC, while the host Cardinals dropped to 10-5 and 2-5. The Bobcats win 10 matches on the year for the first time since 1986-87, when they finished 10-1.

Senior captain Alex Piacquad (Yardley, Pa.) -- playing in her first singles match since April 18 against Hamilton, when she retired in the third set due to injury -- won both of her matches to lead the Bobcats. Piacquad and sophomore Meg Anderson (Cohasset, Mass.) won 8-2 at first doubles before Piacquad outlasted Anika Fischer in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, at first singles.

Bates had a 2-1 lead after doubles play, as first-year Katie Helfgott (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Erika Blauth (Camden, Maine) prevailed 8-6 at third doubles.

The Bobcats then split the six singles matches, with Piacquad winning at No. 1, first-year Ashley Brunk (Phoenix, Ariz.) grinding out a tough three-set victory at fourth singles over Meredith Holmes, and first-year Nicole Russell (Boca Raton, Fla.) winning at sixth singles.

Bates hopes to be included in the six-team field of the NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship, to be held May 7-9 at Amherst College.

For more on this story and what's going on with the Bates tennis teams, please catch up with us on the team blog at http://batestennis.wordpress.com/

Bates 5, Wesleyan 4

Singles

1 Alex Piacquad (B) def. Anika Fischer (W), 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

2 Sarah Miller (W) def. Meg Anderson (B), 6-0, 6-0

3 Genevieve Aniello (W) def. Katie Helfgott (B), 6-0, 6-0

4 Ashley Brunk (B) def. Meredith Holmes (W), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

5 Linda McDougal (W) def. Erika Blauth (B), 4-6, 6-2, (10-6)

6 Nicole Russell (B) def. Casey Simchik (W), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles

1 Piacquad/Anderson (B) def. Fischer/Miller (W), 8-2

2 Aniello/McDougal (W) def. Brunk/Russell (B), 8-6

3 Helfgott/Blauth (B) def. Simchik/Taylor Morales (W), 8-6