HAMDEN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University men's tennis doubles shined on Day 1 of the Quinnipiac Invitational, as the Cardinals began their season in a tournament against Division I schools Quinnipiac, Marist, Fairfield, Fordham, and UConn.
Two Cardinal teams advanced to the finals of the B Flight doubles, with each team winning two matches on the day. Cam Daniels '18 and Princeton Carter '20 brought tremendous energy in both their matches, overpowering Hank Hill and Jack McLister of Uconn, 6-2, and Hielke Moore and Bernhard Wright of Quinnipiac, 6-3.
In tomorrow's final, they will be joined by Jon Holtzman '20 and Marcus Sweeney '21. Holtzman and Sweeney's first win came 7-5 over Yili Zhang and Jonathan Edwards of UConn. The Cardinal duo raced out to a 4-1 lead, but lost four games in a row to put their backs against the wall down 5-4. From then on, the pair was rock solid, highlighted by a key volley winner from Sweeney to convert a sudden death deuce point at 5-5.
- Win Smith '19 came out of the gates red hot, and despite a valiant comeback effort from UConn's Evan Powell in the early stages of the second set, Smith stepped it up when he needed to and came away with a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
- Holtzman complimented his doubles victories with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-0 win over Quinnipiac's Jackson Koke.
- Joachim Samson '19 bounced back from a slow start against Fordham's Allen Thornes, but ultimately fell 6-0, 7-6(6).
- In addition to the duos of Carter/Daniels and Holtzman/Sweeney, the senior/freshman duo of Steven Chen '18 and Andrew Finkelman '21 also won their first match, taking out the big serving Jan Dernic and Paulo Siracusa of Marist, 6-3. The Cardinal duo was unable to build on their initial success, however, falling in the semifinals to Quinnipiac's Julian Rozenstein and Freddie Zaretsky, 6-4.
- Smith and Samson were also victorious in their first match, taking out UConn's Brady Flanagan and John Holtmann, 6-4. That would be the extent of their success, as they lost to Fairfield's Anthony Caputo and Tyler Shibles 6-3 in the next round.
- Play continues tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m. from Quinnipiac. Among the initial matches will be the All-Wesleyan B Flight Doubles final, with singles competition filling the rest of the day.
- All-American Steven Chen is scheduled as one of the first players to begin, as is Zach Fleischman '21, who will be making his college debut. Fellow freshmen Finkelman and Sweeney will see their first singles action as well, and Carter, Daniels, Holtzman, and Smith round out the singles players on the schedule for Day 2.