Behind the captaincy of Garrett Blank '11 (left side photo) and Steve Hauser '11 (right side photo), Wesleyan men's tennis returns just about everyone who played in a match a year ago. With this experience, the Cardinal hope to improve upon last year's 9-10 record which began on an 8-2 spurt but soured when Wesleyan hit its NESCAC schedule. Wesleyan captured just one of nine NESCAC encounters while coming close in two others. Three NESCAC colleges qualified as teams for the NCAA Division III Championship with Middlebury downing Amherst in the title match.
Last year's lineup featured five freshmen and a sophomore occupying the six singles spots. The likelihood that this lineup will remain heading into 2010-11 is quite high. At the top is Jeff Legunn '13, who paced the team with a 10-7 singles record, complementing his 8-7 doubles mark at #1. Michael Piderit '12 should hold down the #2 slot but will be one of three players studying abroad during the fall. His return will be eagerly awaited for the meat of the team's schedule in the spring. Wesleyan has five matches slated for the fall, all against non-NESCAC foes beginning with at trip to Nichols Sat., Sept. 11. Ravy Uong '13 and Alex Hirsch '13 will battle for the #3 and #4 spots while Don Kleckner '13 and Michael Glen '13 are the odds-on favorites to handle #5 and #6, respectively. The wild-card for the lineup is John Parsons '13, who began his career toward the top of the Cardinals' lineup last fall before being sidelined by injury. He has had corrective surgery and if he is able to compete, could start as high as #2 during the fall and settle nicely into the ladder for the spring.
Other returnees include the co-captains, though Hauser is a starting wide receiver for the football team during the fall, Stefan Golangco '11, Robert Troyer '12 and Brian McDermott '12. Troyer and McDermott are the other two players heading to Europe for the fall semester. Thus, Wesleyan could have just eight active players for its five fall matches as well as the annual ITA tournament.
Wesleyan will play more than a dozen matches during the spring including close to half a dozen during a training mission to Florida during March break, 2011.