--Recap by Ben Shapiro--
BOSTON, Mass.—In their first tournament together, junior Princeton Carter and freshman Noah Lilienthal emerged as A Flight doubles champions at the Tufts/Deis Invitational on Sunday, defeating Sean Wei and Zach Bessette of Amherst 8-5 in the final. Earlier in the day in their semifinal match, the duo took out another Amherst pairing, topping Harris Foulkes and Jayson Fung 8-5.
In singles action, freshman Peter Anker had a quick turnaround after two long matches the previous day, but still played tough in his A Flight singles semifinal against Amherst's Wei, an NCAA semifinalist last season. In the end, the Amherst sophomore prevailed 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final.
Lilienthal was also in action in the A singles backdraw quarterfinals, where he took on Oscar Yang of Bowdoin. The first set went to a tiebreaker, but Yang came out on top and got through in straight sets over the Wesleyan freshman, 7-6, 6-3. Also in the backdraw on Sunday was sophomore Zach Fleischman, who lost in the B singles quarterfinals 6-4, 6-2 to David Vilys of Middlebury.
The tournament, which featured #1 Middlebury, #2 Bowdoin, #5 Williams, #7 Amherst, #11 Wesleyan, #21 Brandeis, and #22 Tufts, had one of the strongest fields of any fall tournament in the country, making the doubles crown for Carter and Lilienthal all the more impressive.
The tournament marks the end of competition for Wesleyan for the fall season. The Cardinals will return to action in March for the spring dual match portion of their schedule, which will begin in Florida during spring break against Kenyon on March 10 at 11:30 AM.