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Cardinals Take Doubles Title at Quinnipiac; Three Still Alive in Singles

Photo courtesy of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Photo courtesy of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --

HAMDEN, Conn.— Sophomores Andrew Finkelman and Marcus Sweeney won the Quinnipiac Invitational B Flight Doubles on Saturday, one of many high points for the Cardinals on day two of the three day event.  Wesleyan's success extended to singles as well, where Finkelman won twice to advance to the A Flight semifinals, while fellow sophomore Zach Fleischman and freshman Zach Lieb both won twice as well to set up a match against each other in the B Flight semifinals.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sweeney and Finkelman got out to a strong start and never looked back, bringing lots of energy in a 6-2 win over Patrick Cachapero and Alaster Magalit of Quinnipiac to take the B Flight title. Sweeney's aggressive net play combined with Finkelman's rock solid groundstrokes made for a high level of doubles, especially when paired with the duo's energy and intensity.

  • In the A Flight final, sophomore Adrian Roji and freshman Noah Lilienthal lost a heartbreaker, 7-6(3) to Yili Zheng and Hank Hill of UConn. Both teams served well, only getting broken once each, but in the tiebreaker it was UConn that was able to elevate their level just enough to pull through.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Finkelman led the way in the A Flight, first winning 6-1, 6-1 over Lutwin de Macar of Fordham before topping Hielke Moore of Quinnipiac 6-2, 6-2.

  • Fleischman and Lieb both had harder paths to the semifinals. Though Fleischman eased past Jack Sequerth 6-1, 6-2 in his first match, he had to work hard to top Alaster Magalit of Quinnipiac 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 in his second match. For Lieb, he first beat Jofre Segarra of Fordham 7-6(2), 6-3 for his first career college victory, and then in the quarterfinals his focus and attention to detail paid off in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kian Yazdi of Marist.

  • Freshman Peter Anker notched his first career victory as well on Saturday, overcoming a tough challenge from Luke Edwards of Fairfield in a 6-7, 6-3, 10-8 win. Anker would fall in another tight match in the next round, losing to John Michael Holtmann of UConn 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

  • Junior Princeton Carter scored his first singles win of the season on Saturday, topping Bryan Schick of Quinnipiac 6-1, 6-3 before being forced to retire with an injury mid way through his next match against Brady Flanagan of UConn.

  • Others competing in the main draw for Wesleyan included Sweeney and freshmen Noah Lilienthal and Max Lee, who all were defeated.

  • In the backdraw, Wesleyan found more success, as Lilienthal, Roji, and sophomore Ali Mooraj all won matches.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Quinnipiac Invitational wraps up tomorrow with singles semifinals and finals matches, starting at 9 AM. In the A Flight, Finkelman will be up against Holtmann from UConn, who just defeated freshman Peter Anker today. In the B Flight, Wesleyan's two Zachs—Fleischman and Lieb—will play for a spot in the final. More backdraw matches will also take place on Sunday, with several other Cardinals still competing.