MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The ninth-ranked Wesleyan University men's tennis team opened its 2016 NESCAC conference schedule Saturday, and was edged by rival and No. 3 Middlebury on the road, 5-4.
Wesleyan: 4-3, 0-1 NESCAC
Middlebury: 3-0, 3-0 NESCAC
- The Cardinals picked up wins in No. 2 and No. 4 singles from Steven Chen '18 and Joachim Samson '19, respectively.
- After dropping the first set, 6-4, Chen responded with back-to-back wins over Ari Smolyar by scores of 6-4 and 6-1 en route to the victory.
- Samson swept the first set, 6-0, over William de Quant and claimed the second set, 7-5.
- Wesleyan won doubles play, 2-1.
- Michael Liu '17 and Chen defeated Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani in No. 2 doubles, 8-6.
- In the No. 3 position, Samson and Sam Rudovsky '16 defeated de Quant and Timo van der Geest by a score of 8-6 as well.
BEYOND THE RESULTS
- After an impressive west coast trip, which included a 6-2 win over then-No. 5 Trinity (Texas), the Cardinals jumped 14 spots in the national rankings to land within the top-10.
- Wesleyan returns to the court Saturday, April 2 and will play at Connecticut College beginning at 2 p.m.
- The Panthers are back in action Saturday, March 26 as they begin their spring break trip with a 4 p.m. matchup against Concordia (Cal.).