With Head Coach Ken Alrutz identifying his 2011-12 troops as "potentially the most talented roster ever to compete on the Wood Memorial Courts," good things are expected from Wesleyan men's tennis this season. Not only do seven letterwinners return, five of them seasoned starters from last year, but the influx of six outstanding newcomers solidifies the roster to give Coach Alrutz good cause to make his claim.
Team tri-captain Jeff Legunn '13 (right side photo) has been a fixture at the #1 spot since his arrival and he came through with a team-best 15-3 record. At #2, Michael Piderit '12 fashioned a winning year (7-6) while #3 Alex Hirsch '13 (7-7), tri-captain #5 Donald Kleckner '13 (11-3, left side photo) and #6 Michael Glen '13 (11-7-1) round out the returning starters. As a team, Wesleyan posted a 9-9-1 overall mark in 2010-11 with a 67-46-1 collective singles record and a 25-32 doubles mark. The team suffered four 5-4 setbacks a year ago. With a slight bit of good fortune, the team could have been looking at a 13-5-1 slate.
Other returnees include team team tri-captain Robert Troyer '12 (head shot in middle) and Brian McDermott '12. Coach Alrutz says "Joining them will be six outstanding first-year players from across the world: Ben Hudson '15 (Bangkok, Thailand), Donovan Suh '15 (Beverly Hills Calif.), Zach Mintz '15 (Roslyn N.Y.), Stephen Monk '15 (New York City), Charlie Seifer '15 (Holmdel N.J.), and Jonathan Coombs (Horsham, Pa.)." This gives Wesleyan perhaps its deepest and most talented squad in history.
The team open the year Sat., Sept. 10 with a trip to the Coast Guard Academy, a team the Cardinals handled with surprising ease, 8-1, to close out the 2011 spring season. The home season begins Sun., Sept. 11 vs. Nichols as Wesleyan debuts its newly resurfaced courts for competition, featuring the surface and coloring of the US Open courts in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Against Coast Guard, Wesleyan came away with a 6-3 victory as Legunn (#1), Suh (#4), Monk (#5) and Hirsch (#6) all posted straight -set wins. In doubles, Hudson and Monk combined for a win at #1 and Kleckner teamed with Seifer for a #3 win.