MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 11 nationally ranked Wesleyan University men's tennis team, headlined by 2016 All-NESCAC selections Michael Liu '17 and Steven Chen '18, will look to continue its recent success and make a run at both a conference title and National Championship as it opens its spring season on Tuesday, March 14th at the Stag-Hen Invitational in California.
In his fifth season as head coach, Mike Fried has elevated the Cardinals to one of the top teams in the country. Last year was a historic season as he led Wesleyan to its first-ever NESCAC Tournament win as well as a No. 10 national ranking. Fried will return nine members from last year's team, while adding two freshmen to the roster.
- Chen had a stellar sophomore campaign, going 19-4 overall playing from the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The 2015-16 season saw Chen earn All-American and First Team All-NESCAC honors. He also qualified for the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Individual Championships, where he advanced to the Round of 16. In the fall, the San Diego, Calif. native continued his impressive play as he reached the quarterfinals of the MIT Invitational.
- Liu, who posted an 11-8 overall record last year playing at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, narrowly missed out on joining Chen at the NCAA's, as he was named an alternate for the Northeast Region. Liu along with senior Jake Roberts, won the MIT Fall Invitational in doubles action, as the duo went 5-0 on their way to the title.
- Tiago Eusebio '18 and Joachim Samson '19, who played primarily at the No. 3, and 4 positions respectively last season, look to make a strong impact once again.
- Greg Lyon '17 and Maxwell Smith '19 went 1-1 in doubles action during the MIT Invitational in their first competition as partners and will look to contribute on the doubles court this spring.
- Cameron Hicks '17, Roberts, and Cameron Daniels '18 will also be key players for the Cardinals this spring. Daniels went 5-1 in the fall on his way to the singles consolation title at MIT.
- Freshmen Princeton Carter and Jonathan Holtzman are key additions to the squad, and have already shown promise in their fall matches. Holtzman went 2-1 while Carter went 1-1 in singles action at the MIT Fall Invitational.
HEAD COACH MIKE FRIED
"We're all fired up for our season to kick off next week in California. The guys have been working extremely hard, and there's a tremendous amount of talent on our squad. Our schedule is a true gauntlet, with one top nationally ranked team after another, but we're exactly where we want to be heading into the season and excited for the challenges ahead."