MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Wesleyan University men's tennis team celebrated Senior Day with a 7-2 victory over Colby on Saturday, winning some matches in straightforward fashion while digging deep to pull out some close ones as well. Fittingly, the Cardinals were led by seniors, with Steven Chen, Cam Daniels, and Win Smith all winning in both singles and doubles. Along with Tiago Eusebio, the four players have been a part of a program that has risen from being unranked to as high as No. 5 in the country earlier this season.
In Saturday's doubles action, the Cardinals took a lead thanks to wins at No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 2, Smith and freshman Adrian Roji were in control throughout the match, winning 8-4. No. 3 was much of the same, where Chen and Daniels also won 8-4. At No. 1, the Mules' freshmen duo of Scott Altmeyer and Sumukh Pathi played well to take the match 8-4 over Eusebio and sophomore Princeton Carter.
In singles, Wesleyan won at No. 3 through No. 6, all in straight sets. Daniels was pushed at No. 3 but used his experience to come away with a 6-3, 6-4 win. Roji and sophomore Jon Holtzman both won straightforwardly at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, while Smith stepped in at No. 5 for senior day and had an excellent performance, cruising to a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
At No. 1, Chen was given all he could handle by Colby's Altmeyer, who battled back to take a close second set and force a super tiebreaker. In the end, Chen, who is ranked No. 2 in the Northeast region, prevailed, winning 6-2, 6-7, 10-4.
The win moves Wesleyan back above .500 at 8-7 as it finishes off its regular season tomorrow.
- The Cardinals will host No. 3 Bowdoin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. in the regular-season finale. The match presents a key opportunity for No. 12 Wesleyan to score a big win before heading into the NESCAC tournament next weekend.