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Four Cardinals Advance to Day 2 of ITA Regionals

Photo by Ellen Friedlander
Photo by Ellen Friedlander

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Two singles players and one doubles team are still competing for Wesleyan after Day 1 of the ITA Regional Championships, hosted by Middlebury College. Steven Chen '18 continued his strong start to the year, winning both his singles matches to advance to the round of 16. Andrew Finkelman '21 will join him there tomorrow, as the freshman also went 2-0 in his first matches against Division III competition. The first-time combination of Cam Daniels '18 and Zach Fleischman '21 found some success as well, winning their only match to advance to the doubles round of 16.


  • Chen started his singles day off with a commanding 6-0, 6-1 win over Javier Esteban of Wheaton before defeating Williams freshman Calvin Chung 6-4, 6-0 in a match that ended just as the sun was setting.
  • Finkelman similarly started off with a comfortable match, beating Nate Lookwhy of Gordon 6-1, 6-1. Later, he would take down Middlebury's Timo Van der Geest 6-3, 6-0.
  • Daniels had a marathon opening singles match, coming back to beat Springfield's Alex Romaine 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. In his second round, the senior faced off against William De Quant of Middlebury. It was a challenging match for Daniels, who was forced to handle a great deal of adversity and an opponent on his home courts. In the end, despite a valiant effort to overcome it all, Daniels would fall 6-4, 7-5.
  • Jon Holtzman '20 competed well and held a number of set points in the second set, but was unable to convert in his 6-3, 7-6(6) loss to Bowdoin's Justin Patel. Interestingly, the two had played before in high school, with Patel winning by the exact same score, including the tiebreaker.
  • Win Smith '19 made ninth-seeded Brian Grodecki of Williams work hard, but in the end the Eph stepped up on the big points well enough to come away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory.


  • Daniels and Fleischman faced off against a pair of freshmen from Williams in Austin Barr and Calvin Chung, and in what was a tight match throughout, the Cardinal duo hit their spots on returns when they needed them most, toughing out an 8-6 win.
  • Holtzman and Marcus Sweeney '21—fresh off their win last weekend at the Quinnipiac Invitational—were victorious in their play-in match against Alex Wright and Nick Mathieu of Colby-Sawyer, winning 8-4.  In the next round, the duo's good fortunes would run out, as they lost 8-3 to Kyle Schlanger and Timo Van der Geest of host Middlebury.
  • Smith and Chen were unable to recover from a slow start in their doubles match, going down 8-3 to Jackson Kogan and Anupreeth Coramulta of Brandeis.


  • Tomorrow, Fleischman and Daniels will start things off at 9 a.m. with a match against Ethan Hillis and Oliver Kendall, both freshman from Amherst. Following that match will be another round of doubles for the winning team, with singles not starting until later in the day. Around 12 p.m., both Finkelman and Chen are scheduled to play their singles matches. Finkelman will face Sean Wei, another freshman from Amherst, while Chen takes on Middlebury's Kyle Schlanger.