MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Wesleyan University men's tennis team kept rolling on Tuesday, getting past No. 24 Bates by a 9-0 score. The match was held indoors at the Bacon Field House inside Freeman Athletic Center, where the Cardinals looked comfortable and confident as they extended their great run of form, setting their winning streak up to four matches now.
The No. 13 Cardinals got out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to an 8-3 win at No. 3 from seniors Cam Daniels and Steven Chen as well as an 8-4 win at No. 2 from senior Win Smith and freshman Adrian Roji. At No. 1 doubles, sophomore Princeton Carter and senior Tiago Eusebio were pushed further. Although they led 7-5 and had match point at 7-6, the duo ended up having to play a tiebreaker, where they saved three match points before finally converting their own and finishing the doubles sweep with a 9-8(7) victory.
In singles, Wesleyan used their momentum to get out to leads on several courts. Chen, ranked No. 6 in the Northeast for singles, played well at No. 1 to top Ben Rosen 6-1, 7-5. Rosen came into the match ranked No. 5 in the region.
Needing only one more victory to clinch the overall match, it was a race to the finish on the remaining courts. Daniels ended up getting the fifth point, winning a hard-fought match 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4. Following him was freshman Andrew Finkelman, who was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 2.
Rounding out the singles victories were Eusebio at No. 3 who won 7-6(3), 6-3, Roji at No. 5 who was a 6-3, 6-0 winner, and Carter at No. 6, who took his match 6-3, 6-2.
With the victory, the Cardinals move to 6-5 (4-1 NESCAC), putting them above .500 for the first time since March 10 when they won their season opener against Trinity University (Texas).
- A pair of key NESCAC matches awaits Wesleyan this weekend. On Saturday, No. 7 Amherst comes into Middletown before No. 6 Middlebury arrives for a Sunday matchup. Both matches are scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start time.
-- By Ben Shapiro --