Trio of Sophs Carry Cardinals to Seventh Win of the Season with Road Triumph over Babson before Sebacks to Williams & Hamilton
Posting its 14th straight win over Babson since losing the initial meeting between the two squads back in 1997, Wesleyan received strong play from its #1 player Jeff Legunn '13 (left-side photo) with a 6-3, 6-4 singles win and a victory at #2 doubles, paired with #5 singles player Donald Kleckner '13 (photo insert lower right). Kleckner also came through with a decisive triumph in singles play, winning 6-2, 6-2. The third Cardinal to post a win in both singles and double action was Michael Glen '13 (photo insert upper right), a 6-4, 6-3 victor at #6 and an 8-3 winner at #3 doubles in tandem with John Parsons '13.
Accounting for Wesleyan's other two teams points were Michael Piderit '12 at #2 singles and Robert Troyer '12 at #4 singles. Both produced their conquests in three sets, Troyer in a super-pro-set.
Heading into the home stretch with five matches remaining on the regular-season slate, four of them vs. NESCAC rivals, the Cardinals will be hoping to captured a majority of the remaining bouts to clinch a winning record and crack into double-digit wins for just the sixth time in program history. Last year, with a 12-8 record, the Cardinals fell just one win shy of the all-time mark for victories in a season.
Up next for the squad was the final Little Three match of the season as Wesleyan faced Williams at home Sat., April 16. Williams, ranked ninth nationally and third in New England, planted a 9-0 loss on the Cardinals, the 38th consecutive win for the Ephs dating back to the last Wesleyan victory May 10, 1972. No Cardinal won more than two games during a set and the three doubles matches found Wesleyan claiming a total of three games.
Wesleyan was right back on the courts Sun., April 17, hosting Hamilton in another NESCAC battle. The match was played at the East Hartford Tennis Club. Hamilton avenged a 5-4 loss to Wesleyan last season by returning the compliment this year. Wesleyan held a 2-1 lead after doubles play, thanks to Piderit and Alex Hirsch '13 winning at #1, 9-7, and Parsons and Glen coming through at #3, 8-4. But Wesleyan secured just two singles victories, those by Legunn at #1 and Kleckner at #5, both in straight sets.
The Cardinals will be seeking their initial NESCAC win of the year when they host Conn. College in their next match Thurs., April 21.