MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 13 Wesleyan University men's tennis team excelled on Saturday, defeating No. 15 Tufts University, 8-1. The match kicked off the official dedication ceremony day for Wesleyan's new outdoor tennis courts, with all of the festivities helping to bring out one of the largest crowds in memory.
The Cardinals got out to a big start—sweeping all three doubles matches. Senior Tiago Eusebio and sophomore Princeton Carter earned a late break to win 8-5 at No. 1, and senior Win Smith and freshman Adrian Roji combined for an 8-4 victory at No. 2, turning all eyes to court three. Seniors Cam Daniels and Steven Chen had a long back and forth battle that eventually went to a tiebreaker, at which point the seniors' experience proved to be very useful. A backhand return winner from Daniels down 4-6 in the tiebreaker kept the Cardinals alive, and while they had to save three more match points, eventually Chen and Daniels clinched the victory—and the momentum going into singles—with a 9-8(11) triumph.
In singles, Wesleyan kept rolling, jumping out to quick first sets on a number of courts. It was Carter that was the first to finish, executing well in a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 6. With the Cardinals needing just one more point to clinch the match, Daniels stepped up first, winning Wesleyan's fifth point with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 4.
After the clinch, three more singles matches ended up in Wesleyan's favor. First it was Chen at No. 1 who won 6-2, 7-6, then Roji ended his match at No. 5 with authority, 6-2, 0-6, 10-2. The final match was freshman Andrew Finkelman at No. 2, who served excellently in the key moments for a 6-4, 6-2 win.
The victory moves Wesleyan to 4-5 overall this spring, with a 3-1 NESCAC record.
- The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow morning when they host Swarthmore. Due to predicted inclement weather, the match has been moved to 10:00 a.m. indoors at the Bacon Field House in Freeman Athletic Center.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --