MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—Wesleyan's men got back on track Friday afternoon, taking down Wheaton College (Mass.) 9-0 inside the Bacon Field House for their first home victory of the season. The #8 Cardinals came out with plenty of energy after a tough 5-4 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday, keeping the fire going throughout in a dominant performance from start to finish.
At #2, junior Princeton Carter and sophomore Ali Mooraj were forced to work hard and stay tough in the end, but the Cardinal duo got stronger as the match went on, with Mooraj coming through for a key hold to seal an 8-5 triumph.
#3 doubles was neck and neck for the first two-thirds of the match, with sophomores Andrew Finkelman and Zach Fleischman exchanging eight straight holds with their opponents to start the match. A long game a 4-4 eventually resulted in a break for the Wesleyan duo, and from there it was smooth sailing as they completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win.
Wesleyan got out to a quick start on all four singles matches in the first wave, and the momentum never seemed to shift. Freshman Peter Anker, Lilienthal, Mooraj, and Fleischman all won in straight sets at #1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively.
At #5, junior Jon Holtzman blended both great defense and relentless offense in a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
The highlight of the day was the play of Max Lee at #6, who came up with some highlight reel shots in a hard fought 7-5, 6-1 victory—his first career win as a Cardinal.
The Cards will be back in action on Sunday, when they host Wilkes University at 11:00 AM. Both the men and the women's team will be taking on Wilkes simultaneously in what is expected to be the first match of the season on Wesleyan's outdoor courts.
--Recap by Ben Shapiro--