MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— In their first NESCAC match of the season, Wesleyan's men were strong from start to finish in an 8-1 win over Connecticut College on a chilly Thursday afternoon. Wins came from both familiar faces and some newer players and pairings, with the Cardinals showcasing their depth in both singles and doubles.
Sophomore Marcus Sweeney and freshman Zach Lieb played together for the first time on Thursday, meshing well right from the start in a dominant 8-1 win at #3. The victory was the first career dual match doubles victory for Lieb.
Freshman Peter Anker was very impressive at #1, playing many long points but seeming to come out on top in almost all of them. Despite an opponent that made him play a lot of extra balls, Anker won 6-1, 6-0.
At #2, junior Princeton Carter moved up in the lineup but showed no signs of any problem as he looked extremely efficient in a 6-2, 6-0 victory that was filled with booming overheard and deft drop shots.
Lieb and sophomore Ali Mooraj both faced some resistance at various parts of their matches, but both weathered the storm well for straight set wins at #3 and #4, respectively.
At #6, junior Jon Holtzman was also a straight sets winner, while at #5 sophomore Zach Fleischman was leading 4-2 in the first set when his opponent retired with an injury.
A big weekend of matches is on tap for the Cardinals. On Saturday, they host #5 Bowdoin at 10:00 AM and on Sunday will travel to Boston for a match with #17 Tufts, also scheduled for a 10:00 AM start.
--Recap by Ben Shapiro--