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Day 2 Complete at Tufts/Deis Invitational; Three Still Alive in Main Draw

Day 2 Complete at Tufts/Deis Invitational; Three Still Alive in Main Draw

--Recap by Ben Shapiro--

BOSTON, Mass.— After a long day of tennis on Saturday, Wesleyan still has a singles player and doubles team alive in the A flight main draw of the Tufts/Deis Invitational. Freshman Peter Anker earned two very hard fought wins to advance to the singles semifinals, while junior Princeton Carter and freshman Noah Lilienthal paired together to also win two matches and book a spot in the doubles semifinals on Sunday.  The rainy day caused play to be moved indoors at multiple sites around Boston, with matches going on late into the night.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anker started his day against Adam Tzeng of Brandeis in a match that started out very close. Anker stepped up in the key moments to take the first set, and from there it was much smoother as he advanced with a 7-6(6), 6-1 victory. In his second singles match of the day, almost nothing divided Anker and Bowdoin's Justin Patel, but in the end the Norwegian freshman weathered the storm from Patel and prevailed with an impressive 6-7(11), 7-6(4), 10-4 win.

  • Sophomore Andrew Finkelman advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Alex Taylor of Williams, but fell in his next match in a high quality battle against Sean Wei of Amherst 7-6(5), 7-5.

  • In the backdraw, winners for Wesleyan included Lilienthal in the A flight, who beat Rajan Vohra of Brandeis 8-3, and sophomore Zach Fleischman in the B flight, who bested MIT's Pablo Ampudia 8-1.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Carter and Lilienthal used their high energy doubles to make their way to the A flight semifinals, first beating Jeffrey Chen and Tyler Ng of Brandeis 8-6 before going on to defeat MIT's Tyler Barr and Victor Cheng 8-2.

  • In the B flight, both Wesleyan teams were victorious in their first matches before falling in their second rounds. Finkelman and Anker joined forces to beat Michael Zhao and Sean Ko of MIT 8-3, and Fleischman and fellow sophomore Ali Mooraj topped Charles Deng and Pablo Ampudia, also of MIT, by an 8-1 score.

WHAT'S NEXT

The tournament wraps up tomorrow with the semifinals and finals, as well as more backdraw matches. Play will begin for Wesleyan at 9:00 AM when Carter and Lilienthal take the court against Jayson Fung and Harris Foulkes of Amherst. Anker's singles semifinal is scheduled for 12:00 PM against Sean Wei of Amherst.