MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Andrew Finkelman '21 was impressive on Day 2 of the ITA Regional Championships, winning two matches to book a spot in the tournament's semifinals. Finkelman began the day with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over fellow freshman Sean Wei of Amherst. After getting out to a quick start, the match was more even in the second set, but Wei played the key points well to win the set and force a third. Finkelman was not phased, however, and regrouped well.
"I definitely got a lot of energy from the rest of the guys on the team," he said. "I started getting more first serves in and I started hitting with more depth with my backhand and I was able to step into a couple forehands that shifted the momentum in my direction."
The freshman's quarterfinal match was against the experienced Will De Quant of Middlebury, an NCAA doubles champion from this past spring. The big hitter was no match for Finkelman, who made short work of him with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory.
"I knew he was going to have a solid serve and try to dictate with his forehand and that's how he was able to win points," Finkelman remarked. "Our games matched up well and if I kept it away from his forehand and kept grinding I knew it was going to go well."
- Steven Chen '18 was victorious in his first match of the day against Kyle Schlanger of Middlebury, cruising to a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win. In his quarterfinal, the senior was upset by freshman Austin Barr of Williams, who played a fearless match, raising his level to its highest at the biggest moments on his way to a 7-5, 6-3 win.
- Cam Daniels '18 and Zach Fleischman '21 had the best run of any doubles team for Wesleyan, making it to the quarterfinal round after topping Ethan Hillis and Oliver Kendall of Amherst, 8-4. The senior-freshman duo's nice run came to an end in their second match of the day, however, as they were bested by Peter Martin and Noah Farrell of Middlebury, 8-2.
- Finkelman is the only Cardinal remaining in the tournament. His semifinal match will begin on Sunday not before 10:30 a.m. against defending NCAA singles champion Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury. The winner of the match will take on either Austin Barr or Brian Grodecki, both of Williams, in the final later on Sunday.