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Big Win for No. 7 Men's Tennis over Defending NCAA Champs No. 2 Middlebury

Big Win for No. 7 Men's Tennis over Defending NCAA Champs No. 2 Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Wesleyan's men pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season thus far, with the #7 Cardinals topping #2 Middlebury 6-3 on Saturday afternoon. The Cards got out to slow starts in both doubles and singles, but fought back well throughout the match to get past the defending national champions on their home courts.  The win gives Wesleyan their tenth win of the season, already beating last year's win total of nine.

DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • At #1, sophomore Adrian Roji and freshman Noah Lilienthal played extremely well to start out what would be a huge day for both of them. The duo continued their great run this spring with an 8-4 win at #1 over Nate Eazor and Lubomir Cuba—the latter of whom has won the past two NCAA doubles championships.

  • Junior Princeton Carter and sophomore Ali Mooraj recovered from an early break at #2 for an 8-6 victory, bringing extra fire in the final few games to get the win.

  • At #3, sophomore Zach Fleischman and freshman Peter Anker joined forces for the first time this spring and nearly completed the doubles sweep, falling 8-7(5) in a match where they were only points from victory.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wesleyan's first singles point came at #4, where Lilienthal continued his outstanding freshman campaign, bringing his dual match record to 8-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Stanley Morris.

  • At #6, freshman Zach Lieb dropped the first three games of his match and looked to have a tough challenge on his hands, but from that point on, it was one way traffic, as he didn't drop another game in a 6-3, 6-0 win over Alex Vanezis.

  • The clincher came from Roji at #3, who battled back from a set down and stepped up in the biggest moments of the match for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Andre Xiao to seal the upset win for Wesleyan.

  • In the last match on court, sophomore Andrew Finkelman also came back from a set down at #1 to top Cuba, the 2017 NCAA singles champion, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. It was Finkelman's second career victory over Cuba.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Cardinals continue their slate of NESCAC matches next Saturday with a showdown against Little Three rival No. 6 Williams. That home match for the Cards is scheduled for a 2:00 PM start.

--Recap by Ben Shapiro--