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Daniels Delivers Final Point in NESCAC Thriller as Men's Tennis Defeats Amherst, 5-3

Photo by Christopher Winslow
Photo by Christopher Winslow

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College trailed by four before rallying for three-straight points in singles play, however, the Wesleyan University men's tennis team maintained its composure as senior Cam Daniels scored the final point to seal the thrilling victory for the Cardinals as they defeated their Little Three archrival in the first round of the 2018 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championships, 5-3.

The Cardinals, seeded fifth in the tournament, will return to the NESCAC Semifinals for the third-straight season as they improved to 9-8 on the year. They also avenged their regular season loss against the Mammoths, as fourth-seeded Amherst drops to 11-6. Wesleyan will play top-seeded Bowdoin tomorrow at 1 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan seized control of the match with three points at doubles, including coming out on the right side of a 9-8 thriller at No. 3 between Adrian Roji '21/Win Smith '19 and Jon Heidenberg/Jesse Levitin.
  • Tiago Eusebio '18 and Princeton Carter '20 claimed an 8-3 win at the top spot over Sean Wei and Jayson Fung, and seniors Steven Chen and Cam Daniels defeated Zach Bessette and Kevin Ma, 8-4.
  • Carter made it 4-0 for the visitors with a quick 6-2, 6-0 win over Heidenberg at No. 6 singles.
  • Amherst fought its way back with a 7-6, 7-5 win by Wei at the top flight and a 6-3, 6-2 win by Ma at No. 2.
  • Bessette earned a third point for the Mammoths with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Eusebio at No. 3 singles, but Wesleyan clinched the match when Daniels held on for a comeback win at No. 4, besting Fung 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
  • The final match, a duel between Levitin and Roji, was tied at six in a third set tiebreak when Daniels delivered the final point for Wesleyan.

 -- Recap courtesy of Amherst Athletic Communications --