MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— The No. 5 Wesleyan men's tennis team scored a huge win on Sunday against Little Three rival No. 7 Amherst, topping the Mammoths 6-1 in one of its best performances of the year. Sophomores Andrew Finkelman and Marcus Sweeney won a critical tiebreak at third doubles to put the Cardinals up 2-1. From there, Wesleyan never looked back, playing excellent singles to win the first four matches, before the overall match was called before 5 and 6 singles were played. With the victory, the Cardinals move to 11-3 (4-2 NESCAC), while Amherst drops to 13-3 (5-1 NESCAC).
At #3, Finkelman and Sweeney went back and forth throughout the match, eventually ending up tied at 7-7 with a tiebreak to decide it. In the tiebreaker, the volleys of Sweeney and groundstrokes of Finkelman combined for a dominant 7-1 triumph.
Freshman Peter Anker was nearly perfect in a 6-1, 6-1 win at #2, crushing forehand winners from all over the court in a match that took under an hour, putting Wesleyan up 3-1.
At #1, Finkelman, ranked No. 6 in the Northeast, played well from start to finish in a takedown of Sean Wei, currently ranked No. 14. Wei was also a semifinalist at the NCAA singles championship last year. With the win, Finkelman moves to 3-0 all-time against Wei.
The match was clinched at #3, where Roji sealed it moments after Finkelman's win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jayson Fung. Roji battled back from down a break in the first to take the set and stayed solid to wrap it up in straight sets.
At #4, Lilienthal was forced to grind and play countless long points, but the freshman stayed the course for a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
With only a week to go in the regular season, Wesleyan finishes things up with three more NESCAC matches in the coming days, starting on Wednesday against Trinity. That match is scheduled for a 3:30 start in Hartford at Trinity.
--Recap by Ben Shapiro--