Hamden, Conn. – Jonathan Holtzman '20 continued his excellent start to the season with another perfect day at the Quinnipiac Invite, going 3-0 for the second straight day. To start things off, Holtzman and Marcus Sweeney '21 defeated teammates Cam Daniels '18 and Princeton Carter '20 6-2 in the B Flight Doubles final, playing aggressively and constantly putting away volleys at the net.
The duo seemed to build momentum as they went through the draw, culminating with a strong performance against their teammates in the final. "It feels good," Holtzman said. "It's nice that we were able to bring energy even though we were playing our friends. It's a nice way to start for the rest of the fall."
Sweeney was similarly satisfied with things, particularly the way all four Cardinals handled the intra-squad matchup. "I think I played really well," he remarked. "I executed on all of my shots and really focused. My main goal was to pump up the team and I think we did that. We really represented ourselves well and had a friendly, competitive match. No complaints."
- The singles match of the day was undoubtedly Andrew Finkelman '21 taking out two-time all MAAC player Julian Rozenstein of Quinnipiac in a true battle of attrition. Finkelman took the grueling first set 7-6(5), threading the needle on a forehand passing shot on set point to close it out. Midway through the second set, both players began to struggle physically, with the match slowing to a crawl as both competitors took several extended timeouts for treatment of cramps. Despite being compromised, the two continued to go toe-to-toe, and the Quinnipiac senior eventually took the second set 6-3. In the match tiebreaker, Finkelman proved to have just enough to overcome the challenges and prevail 10-5 to cap off the match.
- Earlier in the day, Finkelman won his first singles match in much more straightforward fashion, beating Max Green of Fordham, 6-1, 6-4. Along with Finkelman in A flight singles was Steven Chen '18, who won twice, first over John Holtman of Uconn, 7-6, 7-5, and then over Kyle Alper of Quinnipiac, 6-2, 6-0.
- Daniels also competed in the A Flight, winning his first match 6-3, 6-1 over Quinnipiac's Patrick Cachapero before falling to Marist's Lars Schouten, 6-4, 6-1.
- In the B flight, Holtzman had a pair of solid singles victories. First, he beat Brady Flanagan of UConn 6-1, 6-3, and then later in the day he kept his unbeaten start to the year alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Hielke Moore of Quinnipiac. Carter and Sweeney were also winners in their first matches, with Carter winning over Quinnipiac's Bernhard Wright 6-3, 6-0 and Sweeney recording his first career singles victory at Wesleyan with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6(0) triumph over Fordham's Alex Makatsaria. Following their initial victories, Carter and Sweeney faced off against each other for the second time on the day, but this time the sophomore Carter came away with the win, defeating his freshman teammate 6-3, 6-2.
- Zach Fleischman '21 made his college debut on Day 2 of the Invitational, but it was a difficult start, as he was outgunned against Marist's Jan Dernic, falling 6-3, 6-3. In the consolation bracket, Fleischman recovered nicely though, beating Timo Tanzer of Marist, 8-2, and then following it up with an 8-4 win over Anthony Caputo of Fairfield. Fleischman's fourth match of the day proved to be more of a challenge, as he narrowly fell 8-6 to Jacob Appleton of UConn.
- Day three will feature four Cardinals, with all matches beginning at 9 a.m. Chen will look to continue his solid weekend — he's yet to lose a set in singles — when he takes on Fairfield's Jeff Rodgers. For Finkelman, recovery from today's physical battle will be key as he returns to court to face Marist's Lars Schouten. For Carter and Holtzman, it will once again be an all-Wesleyan showdown as the two sophomores compete for a place in the B Flight final.