MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— In a battle of top-10 teams, #5 Bowdoin topped #7 Wesleyan 6-3 on Saturday in a highly spirited battle that came down to the wire. On a beautiful early spring day at the Vine Street courts, Bowdoin rode a doubles lead to victory behind very strong play from their top two players. All-American and 2018 NCAA Singles champion Grant Urken won at #1 singles and doubles, and his doubles partner Jerry Jiang, also an All-American, was also a winner at #2. With the setback, Wesleyan's record drops to 8-2 (1-1 NESCAC).
At #1, freshman Noah Lilienthal and sophomore Adrian Roji went down an early break and despite holding a break-point at 7-6, were unable to come all the way back, falling 8-6 to Urken and Jiang in a very high quality match.
At #3, it was a similar story, as sophomores Andrew Finkelman and Zach Fleischman battled in the final game of the match but were unable to get the break they needed to get back on serve, also losing by an 8-6 score.
The Cardinals most dominant singles performance came from Lilienthal at #4, who maintained a very high level throughout the match, winning 6-3, 6-1.
At #5, Carter dropped a tight first set after exchanging holds for the first ten games of the match, but battled back, finally breaking through on return in the second set and using his physicality to come through for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win.
At #2 and #3, freshman Peter Anker and Roji both put together periods of excellent tennis, but in the end it wasn't enough as they each fell in third sets.
The men have a quick turnaround as they now head north for a match with #17 Tufts tomorrow in Boston. First ball is scheduled for 10 AM.
--Recap by Ben Shapiro--