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No. 5 Men's Tennis Splits Pair of Matches in Spring Opener

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The No. 5 nationally-ranked Wesleyan University men's tennis team went 1-1 in its first competition of the spring on Monday, defeating No. 15 Trinity University 6-3 in the morning before falling 9-0 to No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the afternoon. Both matches were part of the Stag-Hen Tournament, an annual eight-team event that is hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.

TRINITY MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan got out to a 2-1 lead in doubles, winning at No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 2, senior Win Smith and sophomore Jon Holtzman beat Wilson Hamilton and Jace Akagi-Okuma, 8-5, while seniors Cam Daniels and Steven Chen also won at No. 3 by an 8-5 score. 
  • In singles, Chen, Holtzman, freshman Andrew Finkelman, and sophomore Princeton Carter were all victorious. Holtzman was the most dominant, defeating Lars Wilk 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.
  • The win advanced Wesleyan to the semifinal round for the second year in a row.

CMS MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The hosts looked very comfortable on their home courts, but Wesleyan hung tough in doubles. Carter and freshman Adrian Roji narrowly fell at No. 1, 8-6, to Julian Gordy and Niko Parodi, while Finkelman and Chen lost 8-5 at No. 3.
  • In singles, Roji had the tightest match, dropping a back-and-forth first set and staying close in the second before eventually going down 7-5, 6-3 to Matthew Jacobs.

UP NEXT:

  • The men will be back in action Tuesday in the Stag-Hen third-place match against No. 6 Washington University in St. Louis. Wash. U. fell in its semifinal match to Bowdoin to set up the showdown with the Cardinals, which is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET.