Matt O'Connell '09 Leads Cards to Opening Dual-Match Win with Victories in Singles & Doubles

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Posting a 6-2, 6-1 win at #2 singles and joining Raafar Rizvi '09 for an 8-3 triumph at #1 doubles, Matt O'Connell '09 contributed two team points to Wesleyan's 7-2 victory at Springfield Wed., Sept. 19 in the team's dual-match opener. Michael Frank '08 (#3), Paul Gerdes '09 (#5) and Alejandro Alvarado '09 (#6) all picked up straight-set wins in singles to support the Cardinal cause. Max Schenkein '08 and Matt Schaff '11 were winners at #3 doubles and Roy Chung '09 won at #4 singles. The team hit the court again Wed., Sept. 26, hosting M.I.T., with the visitors capturing a 5-3 decision. Winners for the Cardinals were Chung at #4, Rizvi at #5 and Alvarado at #6. O'Connell split sets at #1 but a lack of daylight cancelled the third set. A contingent of Cardinals also decended upon Williams College for the ITA regional tournament Sept. 28-30. There Pauri Pandian '08 and Frank both went 1-1 in singles while Rizvi and O'Connell combined for an 0-2 record in doubles. The team was back in dual-match action Sun., Oct. 7, hosting Bates. O'Connell was the only Cardinal to capture a set as the team went down, 9-0. Wesleyan will hope for a better result Wed., Oct. 10 when Coast Guard is the opponent on the road.