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Men’s Tennis Excels on Day One of MIT Invite

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Wesleyan University men's tennis team excelled on Day One of the MIT Invitational Friday with all four doubles teams advancing to Day Two action, and Steven Chen '18 and Andrew Finkelman '21 going 2-0 in singles play.


  • Chen, the top-seed in the singles draw, defeated Carstens of Bowdoin 6-1, 6-2 and Reich of Williams by injury.
  • Finkelman, who is seeded seventh, defeated Biswas of Tufts 6-1, 6-3, and Kam from Williams 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
  • Joachim Samson '18, Zach Fleischman '21, and Win Smith '18 all went 1-1 on the day.
  • Samson defeated Vanezis of Middlebury 7-5, 6-1, but lost to Kaplan of Amherst 6-4, 7-5.
  • Fleischman won his first match 6-2, 6-0 over Go of MIT, but lost to fifth-seeded Bessette of Amherst 6-1, 6-4.
  • Smith edged Kendall of Amherst, 7-6(4), 6-1 to advance, but lost to Raghavan of Williams in another thriller, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-0.


  • Wesleyan won all four doubles matches.
  • Chen and Adrian Roji '21 cruised past Goldberg/Das of Brandeis, 8-1.
  • Cam Daniels '18 and Fleischman won 8-2 against Vij/Wu of Williams.
  • Princeton Carter '20 and Marcus Sweeney '21 claimed a decisive 8-1 victory over sixth-seeded Wolfe/Zhao of Bowdoin.
  • Smith and Finkelman won 8-4 over Brach/Samets of Middlebury.


  • Eight Cardinals remain in action for Day Two of the MIT Invitational tomorrow, with Chen and Finkelman getting things started at 9 a.m. for their first singles matches, while doubles play starts at 5 p.m.