Cardinals Improve to 3-1 After Four of Six Matches During Training Mission in Orlando, Fla.


Five Cardinals, including Jaafar Rizvi '09 (main photo), were winners in both singles and doubles as Wesleyan opened its six-match training trip to Orlando, Fla., with a 9-0 victory over St. Ambrose Sun., March 8. Since then the team fell to Aquinas, 7-2, Tues., March 10 but rebounded with a pair of wins Wed., March 11, defeating Rochester, 6-3, and Oxford College of Emory U., 5-4.

Rizvi was a 6-2, 6-2 victor at #4 singles vs. St. Ambrose and joined #1 singles winner Matt O'Connell '09 for an 8-2 win at #1 doubles. Paul Gerdes '09 won his match at #3 singles without losing a game and at #3 doubles, 8-4. Michael Piderit '12 dropped just one game at #5 singles and was partnered with Graham Immerman '09, who won in straight sets at #2 singles, for a win at #2 doubles.

Against Aquinas, Wesleyan took just one singles and one doubles match in dropping a 7-2 decision. Winning for the Cardinals at #6 singles was Alejandro Alvarado '09 (photo insert lower left) in straight sets while Rizvi and O'Connell joined forces for an 8-3 victory from the top doubles spot.

O'Connell, Immerman and Piderit were the keys to victory over Rochester as each won at singles (#1, #2 and #5, respectively) and doubles (O'Connell with Rizvi at #1 and Immerman with Piderit at #2), providing enough wins for a team triumph.

Wesleyan had the luxury of resting its entire starting lineup vs. Oxford and still pull out a win with its strength at the #4-#6 spots. Alec Dinnin '11, Stefan Golangco '11 and Steve Hauser '11 were involved in the five wins, each at singles (#4, #5 and #6, respectively) while Golancgo teamed with Hauser for an 8-5 doubles win at #3 and Dinnin was paired with Garrett Blank '11 at #2 and produced an 8-3 win.

Wesleyan finishes is southern action with another double-header Thurs., March 12, facing St. Francis (IL) and Michigan Tech.