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Men's Tennis Starts Season with Strong Doubles at Quinnipiac Invitational

Photo by Christopher Winslow
Photo by Christopher Winslow

-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --

HAMDEN, Conn.—Wesleyan's men's tennis team made a strong debut in their first competition of the season on Friday, as the Cardinals competed at the Quinnipiac Invitational alongside several Division I teams from the area. The new look team that graduated four seniors last season and has five newcomers this fall impressed right away, with doubles teams advancing to the finals of the A and B Flight finals. Though there was only limited singles action as well, Wesleyan went 3-1 across both the A and B Flight.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sophomore Adrian Roji and Freshman Noah Lilienthal started off their day with a 6-2 win over Quinnipiac in the A Flight quarterfinals. All doubles matches at the tournament are being played as one set to six games, no-ad scoring, so the margin for error is small. This proved to be no issue for the duo, who followed it up with a 7-6(2) win over Marist in the semifinals. The victories marked the first career college wins for Lilienthal.

  • In the B Flight, sophomores Andrew Finkelman and Marcus Sweeney seized their opportunity for some doubles action, getting out to a fast start in their first match and holding on to defeat Marist. In the semifinals, the pair had no trouble against Fordham, winning 6-1 to book their spot in the final.

  • Sophomore Princeton Carter and transfer sophomore Ali Mooraj also competed in the A Flight, and won their first match—Mooraj's first as a Cardinal—6-2 over Marist. The first-time combo was not able to keep the momentum going, however, as they fell 7-5 to UConn in the quarterfinals in what was a back and forth battle.

  • Freshmen Peter Anker and Zach Lieb were also in action in the B Flight to make their college debuts, but they fell to Fordham 7-6(3) in the first round.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sophomore Zach Fleischman was just about perfect, not losing a game to Jack Alexander of Quinnipiac in a 6-0, 6-0 thumping in the B Flight.

  • Sweeney was nearly as solid in his B Flight match, cruising in a comprehensive 6-1, 6-2 win over Victor Janglin of UConn.

  • In the A Flight, things were more complicated. Mooraj played a tight match against John Hatala of Fairfield and despite facing multiple match points, the new Cardinal found a way through, winning 3-6, 6-3, 13-11.

  • Also in the A Flight, Roji bounced back from a tough first set to bring his match against Quinnipiac's Hielke Moore to a match tiebreaker, but he would eventually fall 6-1, 1-6, 10-5.

WHAT'S NEXT
Day 2 begins tomorrow at 9 AM with the A and B Flight doubles finals. In the A Flight, Roji and Lilienthal take on a Hank Hill and Yili Zheng of UConn, while in the B Flight Finkelman and Sweeney face Alester Magalit and Patrick Cachapero. Following the doubles, the entire rest of the team will be in singles action throughout the day, with A and B Flight main draw and backdraw matches taking place for the remainder of the weekend.