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No. 7 Men's Tennis Sails Past Connecticut College 8-1 in NESCAC Opener

No. 7 Men's Tennis Sails Past Connecticut College 8-1 in NESCAC Opener

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— In their first NESCAC match of the season, Wesleyan's men were strong from start to finish in an 8-1 win over Connecticut College on a chilly Thursday afternoon. Wins came from both familiar faces and some newer players and pairings, with the Cardinals showcasing their depth in both singles and doubles.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • At #1, sophomore Adrian Roji and freshman Noah Lilienthal looked as solid as usual, moving well together and cruising to an 8-3 win.

  • Sophomore Marcus Sweeney and freshman Zach Lieb played together for the first time on Thursday, meshing well right from the start in a dominant 8-1 win at #3. The victory was the first career dual match doubles victory for Lieb.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Freshman Peter Anker was very impressive at #1, playing many long points but seeming to come out on top in almost all of them. Despite an opponent that made him play a lot of extra balls, Anker won 6-1, 6-0.

  • At #2, junior Princeton Carter moved up in the lineup but showed no signs of any problem as he looked extremely efficient in a 6-2, 6-0 victory that was filled with booming overheard and deft drop shots.

  • Lieb and sophomore Ali Mooraj both faced some resistance at various parts of their matches, but both weathered the storm well for straight set wins at #3 and #4, respectively.

  • At #6, junior Jon Holtzman was also a straight sets winner, while at #5 sophomore Zach Fleischman was leading 4-2 in the first set when his opponent retired with an injury.

WHAT'S NEXT

A big weekend of matches is on tap for the Cardinals. On Saturday, they host #5 Bowdoin at 10:00 AM and on Sunday will travel to Boston for a match with #17 Tufts, also scheduled for a 10:00 AM start.

--Recap by Ben Shapiro--