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No. 11 Wesleyan Earns Thrilling 5-4 Win Over No. 14 Amherst

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

AMHERST, Mass. – Trailing 2-1 after doubles play, the 11th-ranked Wesleyan University men's tennis team rallied with four wins in singles action to defeat Little Three rival and No. 14 Amherst College Sunday, 5-4. 

Wesleyan: 8-5, 4-3 NESCAC
Amherst: 13-6, 3-3 NESCAC


  • Amherst won doubles action, 2-1.
  • The Cardinals picked up their lone win in No. 2 doubles as Michael Liu '17 and Steven Chen '18 defeated Ben Fife and Zach Bessette.


  • Wesleyan went 4-2 in singles play with wins from No. 1-4 singles.
  • Liu defeated Bessette in the No. 1 spot by scores of 6-3, 7-5.
  • Chen, Tiago Eusebio '18 and Joachim Samson '19 all claimed thrilling three set matches.
  • Chen edged Michael Solimano in No. 2 singles with wins of 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
  • In the No. 3 spot, Eusebio fell early to Andrew Yaraghi, 6-4, but responded with wins of 6-3 and 6-1 to claim the win.
  • Samson also battled back from an early deficit as he dropped the first set 6-1 to Fife. However, the freshman claimed back-to-back wins of 6-1.


  • Sunday's win was Wesleyan's first against its Little Three rival since the 2002-03 season, and only second dating back to 1977-78.


  • The Cardinals are back in action Wednesday, April 20 and will host No. 24 Bates at 3 p.m.
  • Amherst plays Springfield College later this evening.