NEW LONDON, Conn. — The No. 13 Wesleyan University men's tennis team swept past Connecticut College on Tuesday afternoon, taking all nine matches in dominant fashion to bring their record to 7-7 this spring. The away match featured several milestones for Wesleyan. It was the first time freshmen Andrew Finkelman and Zach Fleischman recorded a "double win"—winning in both singles and doubles—and it was also the first match action for junior Joachim Samson since the fall.
Academic commitments forced some lineup mainstays to miss the match, but other players stepped up extremely well. In doubles, seniors Steven Chen and Cam Daniels, who usually play No. 3, cruised to an 8-2 win at No. 1. At No. 2, Finkelman and sophomore Jon Holtzman scored their first win as a team, taking the match, 8-4, and at No.3, it was Fleischman and Samson pairing up for the first time ever and looking quite solid in an 8-3 win.
Singles was more of the same for the Cardinals, with all six matches ending in straight sets. At No. 5, Win Smith came in after missing doubles and didn't skip a beat, cruising to a 6-1, 6-4 victory. At No. 6, Samson continued his return to action with more impressive tennis, winning 6-0, 6-2. Rounding out the wins for Wesleyan were Finkelman at No. 1, Daniels at No. 2, Holtzman at No. 3, and Fleischman at No. 4, with no Cardinal dropping more than three games in any set at the top four spots.
- This weekend the men will wrap up their regular season with two more home matches. On Saturday, Wesleyan will celebrate Senior Day with a 9:30 a.m. match against Colby, and on Sunday the regular season will come to a close in a key showdown with No. 2 Bowdoin.
-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --