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Men's Tennis Competes at ITA Regional Championships

Photo by Christopher Winslow
Photo by Christopher Winslow

-- Recap by Ben Shapiro --

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Freshman Peter Anker led the way for Wesleyan at the ITA Regional Championships, making the quarterfinals in doubles alongside sophomore Zach Fleischman as well as winning a pair of singles matches to make the third round. It was only Anker's second tournament as a Cardinal, but the Norwegian established himself as a threat in both singles and doubles.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • All three Wesleyan teams in the doubles draw won their first matches. Anker and Fleischman beat Wheaton, sophomores Marcus Sweeney and Andrew Finkelman defeated Gordon, and sophomore Adrian Roji and freshman Noah Lilienthal topped Colby-Sawyer.
  • In the second round on Day 2, Anker and Fleischman kept rolling, cruising against Babson 8-1. Wesleyan's other two teams both fell, with Sweeney and Finkelman falling 8-4 to Brandeis while Roji and Lilienthal were defeated 8-6 by Amherst.
  • In the quarterfinals, Anker and Fleischman took on #3 seeds Lubomir Cuba—the two-time NCAA doubles national champion—and Nate Eazor of Middlebury. Despite a late surge, the Panther duo prevailed 8-4. 

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Anker, Finkelman, and Roji all came away with first round victories in straight sets, while freshman Zach Lieb fell 6-3, 6-4 to defending NCAA singles semifinalist Sean Wei of Amherst. Also falling in round one was Lilienthal, who lost to Harris Foulkes of Amherst.
  • In round two, Anker cruised against Noah Reich of Williams, winning just as the sun was setting the daylight was fading. Finkelman was not able to finish as quickly, with his match being moved indoors after the first set due to darkness. The court adjustment worked in his opponent's favor, with Finkelman ultimately falling to MIT's Alex Cauneac 5-7, 6-0, 10-4. Roji was the last match of the day, and despite some very high-quality tennis, the sophomore lost to Boris Sorkin of Tufts 7-5, 2-6, 10-5.
  • On Day 2, Anker was the only Cardinal still alive. The freshman battled tough against former national champion Noah Farrell of Middlebury, but in the end, experience won out, with Farrell taking the match 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

WHAT'S NEXT:

  • Next Saturday, October 6th, Wesleyan's men will be back in action when they host Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for a one-day tournament. The Engineers are coming off their first conference championship in school history last spring, when they also made their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and reached the Sweet 16.