Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

2018-19 Wesleyan Men's Tennis Season Preview

Photo by Christopher Winslow
Photo by Christopher Winslow

SEASON OUTLOOK:

The Wesleyan University men's tennis team finished the 2017-18 campaign ranked No. 11 in the Oracle/ITA Division III National Rankings with a 9-9 overall record. Despite ending the season ranked in the top-15, the Cardinals narrowly missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will use that as fuel for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Head Coach Mike Fried enters his seventh year at the helm of the program and has brought Wesleyan to national prominence. In 2016-17, Fried guided the Cardinals to the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament during their first postseason appearance ever. Wesleyan finished the year with a 15-4 record and looks to regain that success with a very young but talented squad this year.

MEET THE TEAM:

  • The 2018-19 Cardinals do not have a senior on their lineup as the roster consists of two juniors, five sophomores and four freshmen.
  • Headlining the unit is Princeton Carter '20, Andrew Finkelman '21 and Adrian Roji '21. Carter and Finkelman were both Second Team All-NESCAC selections a year ago and will be relied upon to continue that success and guide the Cardinals back to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Carter, an all-conference selection in doubles, was mostly paired with Tiago Eusebio '18 last season as the team's No. 1 duo. At the top of the lineup, Carter and Eusebio posted a 6-5 record. He was also paired with Roji in the No. 1 spot five times. In singles play, Carter played primarily in the No. 6 spot, where he posted a 5-2 dual match record.
  • Finkelman had an excellent freshman season for the Cardinals en route to all-conference honors and a trip to the NCAA Individual Championships in singles play. He competed at the top of the lineup, seeing action in both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, and finished the year with a 9-7 mark.
  • Roji shined in his first season at Wesleyan as well. The New Hope, Pa. native went 8-4 in singles action, playing mostly in the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, while also going 7-9 in doubles action. He was 5-4 in the No. 2 doubles spot.
  • According to the Tennis Recruiting Network, Wesleyan's 2022 class ranks No. 2 in Division III as Fried welcomes Peter Anker of Norway, Noah Lilienthal of Princeton, N.J., and Zach Lieb of New York, N.Y. Additionally, Fried is also thrilled about the addition of sophomore Ali Mooraj of Singapore.

COACHES' THOUGHTS:

  • "We're excited to integrate a big, impactful incoming group with our seasoned returners and to further solidify the program as one of the very best in the country."