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Men's Tennis Rallies to Defeat No. 17 Tufts in NESCAC Thriller, 5-4

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

MEDFORD, Mass. - After seven and a half hours, the seventh-ranked Wesleyan men's tennis team prevailed over No. 17 Tufts in a NESCAC thriller on the road Sunday afternoon, 5-4.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The loss for the Jumbos dropped them to 4-5 and 0-2.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan trailed 2-1 after doubles action with Adrian Roji and Noah Lilienthal earning the lone win in the No. 1 slot. The duo defeated Boris Sorkin and Nathan Niemiec 8-7 (7-5).
  • In No. 2 doubles, Ali Mooraj and Princeton Carter came up short against Carl-Herman Gran and Zach Shaff as they lost 8-7 (9-7).
  • Tufts went up 3-1 when Isaac Gorelik claimed No. 3 singles.
  • Lilienthal cut the deficit to one as he won the No. 4 position with scores of 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) but Tufts regained a two-point lead as Sorkin earned a close victory at the top of the lineup.
  • Trailing 4-2, Wesleyan made an excellent comeback as Peter Anker took No. 2 singles (7-5, 4-6, 6-3) and Carter evened the match with a victory in the No. 5 slot (6-0, 3-6, 6-1), respectively. 
  • Zach Lieb eventually sealed the win for the Cardinals with a thrilling three-set match in No. 6 singles. After dropping the first set 6-7 (4-7), he rallied with wins of 6-3, 6-2.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, April 6 and will head to Middlebury for a 12 p.m. contest.