Cards Wrap up 5-0 Fall Dual-Match Slate with an Home Victory over Nichols, Add 3 More Wins in Fla.

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Completing the fall dual match season at home Sun., Oct. 11 vs. Nichols, Wesleyan wrapped up a 5-0 slate by downing the Bison, 8-1. Michael Piderit '12 led the way with wins at #1 singles and doubles, paired with Ravy Uong '13 (photo insert middle right). Capturing a #2 doubles triumph as well as wins at #3 and #4 singles, respectively, were Alex Hirsch '13 (photo insert upper left) and Donald Kleckner '13 (photo insert upper right). Robert Troyer '12 and Brian McDermott '12 combined for the #3 doubles point while Garrett Blank '11 was a winner at #5 singles and Michael Glen '13 (photo insert lower right) collected the win at #6 singles.

Though not in action vs. Nichols, usual #1 singles and doubles player Jeff Legunn '13 (photo insert middle left) and normal singles and double participant John Parsons '13 (photo insert lower left) were part of the group of six freshmen on the squad who combined for a 20-4 mark in singles for the Cardinals this fall. Legunn was 4-0 at #1 while Parsons was 2-1, mainly at #2. Uong was 4-1, mostly at #3 with Kleckner going 3-1 at #4 and Glen posting a 4-1 record at #6. Hirsch was good for a 3-0 record, mainly at #5. Only six of the 30 singles matches played by the Cardinals thus far were not covered by freshmen.

In doubles, at least one freshman was on the court for 11 of the 15 doubles matches with a combined 8-3 record from the action. Tandems without frosh went 1-3.

The team's next action came in Orlando, Fla., as the Cardinals made their annual pilgrimage to warmer-weather climate during the March, 2010 break. There the squad took on the first of six opponents on Sun., March 7, facing NAIA McKendree of Lebanon, Ill. The doubles team of Legunn and Piderit produced the only Cardinal victory at #1, 8-4. Blank pressed his rival at #5 singles to three sets, dropping the decisive super tie-breaker, 10-8.

Against Division III Rochester of the UAA, Wesleyan used its doubles strength to capture a 6-3 decision as the Cardinals swept the three doubles matches and split the six singles affairs. Singles winners included Legunn (#1), Uong (#3) and Glen (#6). Legunn and Uong also captured doubles wins and #1 and #2, respectively.

Wesleyan had a grueling day on Tues., March 9, taking on Division III Wabash in the morning and Division II St. Cloud State in the evening. The Cardinals, behind the undefeated status of Piderit, made the most of the opportunities, collecting a 6-3 win over Wabash and a dramatic 5-4 triumph over St. Cloud. Piderit was a winner twice in both singles and doubles. McDermott was the only other Cardinal to win twice in singles on the day and it couldn't have come at a better time. Wesleyan needed his 7-5, 7-6 win at #5 as well as that of Legunn, who took a three-set decision behind a 7-6 final set to help secure the victory over St. Cloud. Legunn was teamed with Piderit for the doubles wins in both matches.

Taking on Haverford Wed., March 10, the Cardinals fell 6-3, splitting the singles matches as Uong, Troyer and Glen provided the team points. Two of the team's three losses in singles play went three sets. Haverford proved decisive in doubles, capturing all three.

Wesleyan hoped to end its excursion on a high note vs. St. Francis (IL) Thurs., March 11, a team Wesleyan knocked off 9-0 when they met in Florida a year ago, but weather forced the match to be cancelled. Thus, the Cardinals return from Florida with a 3-2 southern mark, 8-2 overall for the year.

Up next will be a trip to Colby Sun., March 28 for the first of nine consecutive NESCAC matches.