Defeating Greg Mitchell of Coast Guard, 7-6, 6-1 in the opening round of the ITA Regional tournament hosted by Williams Fri.-Sun, Sept. 24-26, Jeff Legunn '13 (photo) then knocked off Brian Oldfield of MIT, 6-1, 6-4, to reach the round of 16. Legunn was seeded among the eight players from 9-16 in the tournament, thus matching his pre-tournament expectation. Legunn was ousted from the field by unseeded Matt Micheli of Williams, 1-6, 1-6. Micheli nearly downed the #2 seed in the tournament in the next round, but fell 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 to Stephen Sullivan of Bowdoin.
Also in action at the ITA tournament, Ravy Uong '13 fell to Will Petrie of Williams, 5-7, 1-6. In doubles action,Alex Hirsch '13 and Don Kleckner '13 played two matches. Drawing the #4 seed from Middlebury, Jeronimo Riefkohl and Mike Malhame, the Cardinal tandem fell, 4-8. In an unofficial consolation match, Hirsch and Kleckner matched up with Jack Bryant and Matt Carroll of Colby, losing 2-8.
Wesleyan played the third dual match of its fall schedule Wed., Sept. 29 at Springfield. The Cardinals improved their record to 3-0 with a 9-0 thumping of the Pride, the team's sixth straight victory over Springfield since the 1998-99 season. The teams have met intermittently over the last dozen years. No Cardinal lost a set in singles play with Michael Glen '13 pulling the clean sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 win at #5. The suppliers of the rest of the team points were Legunn (#1), Ravy Uong '13 (#2), Alex Hirsch '13 (#3), Donald Kleckner '13 (#4) and Garrett Blank '11 (#6). The players teamed up in doubles right down the ladder for the remaining three team points.
Wesleyan suffered its first defeat of the fall when it traveled to Roger Williams Sun., Oct. 3. In a first-ever meeting with the Hawks, Wesleyan, playing without the services of Legunn due to illness, found itself down 3-0 after doubles play, but rallied to win the top four singles matches courtesy of Uong, Hirsch, Kleckner and Glen. When #5 and #6 singles went to the Hawks, the host secured the team victory, 5-4.
The Cardinals were to close out the fall season by hosting Coast Guard Thurs., Oct. 7. The match was postponed, however, and will be rescheduled at some time during the spring. Thus, Wesleyan ended the fall with a 3-1 mark. The team will resume match play when it takes its training trip to the Orlando, Fla. area during March break, 2011.