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Wesleyan Doubles Duo Wraps Up Historic Season With Runner-Up Finish in Title Match

Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Moss.
Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Moss.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Wesleyan men's tennis tandem of Noah Lilienthal and Adrian Roji wrapped up their historic season on Sunday evening in the NCAA Doubles Championship match. In their first appearance in the NCAA Doubles competition, the tandem triumphed over Johns Hopkins in the first round, Skidmore in the Quarterfinals and WashU in the Semifinals, before eventually falling to NESCAC rival Bowdoin in the title match. Lilienthal and Roji were the first men's Cardinal duo to ever compete in the NCAA Doubles Championship, as they conclude the season with a 17-3 overall record.

SEMIFINAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Wesleyan duo jumped out to a 2-0 lead over WashU's Konrad Kozlowski and Bernardo Neves in the first set. The Bears took the next two games to knot the set at 2-2, but Lilienthal and Roji won four-straight to earn the 6-2 first set victory.
  • The second set was much closer than the first. The Cardinal duo took a 2-1 edge, but the two tandems traded the next four games to knot the set 4-4. Wesleyan fought hard, winning the next two games to pick up a 6-4 victory to advance to the Championship match. 

CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was an all-NESCAC matchup in the NCAA Doubles Championship, as Lilienthal and Roji of Wesleyan met Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang and Grant Urken for the second time this season.
  • The first set saw much back-and-forth action. The Polar Bear pair took the first game, before the team's alternated victories for the next nine games. Knotted at 5-5, it was the Cardinals were who were able to string together two wins, picking up a 7-5 triumph.
  • The second set was all Bowdoin, as they cruised to a 6-1 victory to force the title match into a third set.
  • In the final set, the teams traded the first six games, before Jiang and Urken won two straight to take a 5-3 lead. Wesleyan's Lilienthal and Roji battled back to cut the deficit to one (5-4), but it was not enough as the Bowdoin duo won the next game to earn the title with a 6-4 victory.
  • The loss was just the third of the year for the Wesleyan pair, as two of their three defeats came at the expense of Bowdoin tandem Jiang and Urken.