CLINTON, N.Y. – No. 11 Wesleyan University men's tennis kicked off its NESCAC season with an 8-1 win over Hamilton College on Saturday, taking out the Continentals on their home courts with seven different Cardinals contributing to the win.
In doubles, the newly formed team of senior Tiago Eusebio and sophomore Princeton Carter came out strong, earning Wesleyan's first point with an 8-4 win over Sam Farber and Rob Dotterer. "We played well," said Eusebio. "Very solid, not too many errors. We linked up very well"
Also winning in the doubles were freshman Adrian Roji and senior Win Smith, who took the No. 2 match 8-6 in their first action together as a team. Seniors Steven Chen and Cam Daniels rounded out the doubles sweep, winning 8-5 at No. 3.
In singles, the Continentals gave Wesleyan all they could handle on every court, pushing the Cardinals at all six positions. At No. 2, Eusebio earned the Cardinals their first singles point, winning 6-4, 6-2 over Dotterer. "Singles was good, too," he said. "Good to get a match on this surface to get ready for tomorrow [vs Williams] and get a win, my first of the season for singles and doubles."
Chen was also a singles winner in straight sets, taking the No. 1 match 6-4, 6-4. Daniels showed great grit and experience at No. 3, where he toughed out a couple tiebreakers to win 7-6, 7-6. At No. 5, Roji was pushed to a super-tiebreaker, but strong serving and good mid-match adjustments led him to victory 5-7, 7-5, 10-6. Completing the singles success was sophomore Jon Holtzman at No. 6, who narrowly took the first set before cruising to a 7-6, 6-1 win.
"Today felt good—team felt good," Eusebio remarked. "It was an important match to bounce back from Spring Break."
- The Cardinals are back in action on Sunday with a key matchup against No. 5 Williams. The match is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. indoors in Williamstown, Mass.
- Recap by Ben Shapiro -