Trip to Florida Pays Off with Two Wins In Three Outings Including victory over Div. I Youngstown St.
Getting its trip to Florida started on the right foot, Wesleyan defeated Division I Youngstown St., 4-3, Tues., March 11. It was a dramatic turn-around from a year ago as the teams met on the identical day and Youngstown prevailed, 6-1. But this time Michael Frank '08 (main photo) and Max Schenkein '08 (photo insert upper right) made the difference as each captured their singles match, Frank at #3 (he lost at #4 last year) and Schenkein at #6. The two teamed up for a victory at third doubles as well. That coupled with the win by Pauri Pandian '08 and Alejandro Alvarado '09 at second doubles, gave the Cardinals the all-important team point. The fourth point came from #4 Graham Immerman with a straight-set win as both he and Schenkein lost just three games each during their respective matches. The Cardinals headed to Miami for their second outing, facing St Thomas (Fla.) Wed,. March 12. Wesleyan came through with a 7-2 decision. Matt O'Connell '09 (photo insert lower right) was the team leader as he took a straight-set victory at #1 and joined Matt Schaff '11 at #1 doubles for another triumph. The team finished its playing action vs. Northwood (Fla.) and fell by a tight 5-4 score. O'Connell (#1), Frank (#4) and Alejandro Alvarado '09 (#6) provided wins in singles play while the tandem of Graham Immerman '09 and Pauri Pandian '08 triumphed at second doubles. Since returning from Florida, the squad has run into difficulty vs. NESCAC rivals, losing 8-1 to Amherst, Bowdoin and Colby as well as 9-0 to Williams. At Amherst Sat., March 29, O'Connell claimed the lone Wesleyan win in straight sets at #1. Against Bowdoin Sun., March 30, the Wesleyan win came from the first doubles tandem of O'Connell and Matt Schaff '11. Up at Colby Sat., April 5, it was Schenkein who came through with a victory at #6. The squad had no winners vs. Williams on the road Sat., April 12 but hopes for a better result Sun., April 13 at Hamilton.