Concluding their seven-match trip to Orlando, Fla. with a well-deserved 7-2 victory over Wisc.-La Crosse to go undefeated, the Cardinals upped their season mark to a lofty 12-1 thus far in 2011-12 as the team went 5-1 during the fall campaign. In Florida, Jonathan Coombs '15 (right side photo) was the only player to go unbeaten in both singles and doubles with a 3-0 singles mark and a 4-0 doubles record. In the final match vs. UW-Lax, he combined with Alex Rachlin '15 for a 9-7 triumph at second doubles. Every member of the team saw action in the final match with all 11 playing at least three singles matches and three doubles matches during the southern excursion.
Logging the most action was Stephen Monk '15 (left-side photo), as he went 5-0 in singles, including a 6-3, 6-0 win vs. UW-Lax at #2, and 3-1 in doubles. Michael Glen '13 was 7-1 overall while Jeff Legunn '13, Robert Troyer '12 and Rachlin were all 6-1. Glen won his final match at #3 doubles with Troyer as his partner, 8-4. Legunn was a victor at #1 singles, 4-6, 6-3, (10-7).
Wesleyan has posted just six seasons with double-digit victories over its 102 previous varsity men's tennis seasons with 13 representing the school record set in 2001-02. The 2008-09 squad had a 12-8 mark. Over the 19 seasons from 1992-93 campaign through the 2010-11 season which all featured at least 13 matches, Wesleyan has fashioned no better than a 9-4 record after 13 events, last done in 2009-10. Thus, the 2011-12 Cardinals, who have seven NESCAC matches remaining on the slate starting with a visit from Bowdoin Sat., March 31, have shattered the school record for best men's tennis start after 13 matches with their 12-1 record.
Bowdoin slowed the Cardinals down as the 10th-ranked nationally Polar Bears handed Wesleyan a 9-0 setback. Several Cardinals pressed their opponent during a set as Monk went into a tie-breaker in his opening set at #2 while both #3 Ben Hudson '15 and #4 Donovan Suh '15 pushed a set to 7-5. Still no Cardinal captured a set. In doubles, Legunn and Rachlin fell, 9-7, at #2 and Monk and Suh paired up for a tough 9-8 setback at #3.
The team was right back on the courts with another NESCAC match at Tufts Sun., April 1. Again, the Cardinals came out on the short end of a 9-0 result. Donald Kleckner '13 at #5 split the first two sets against his Jumbo rival but fell in a deciding pro set, 10-6. He was the only Cardinal to grab a set from his Tufts' opponent.
Wesleyan was on the road again for its next match, another NESCAC affair at Colby Sat., April 7. There, playing without Legunn, only Monk at #1 singles and the #2 doubles pair of Hudson and Suh came away with victories as Wesleyan fell, 7-2.
The Cardinals host Trinity Thurs., April 12 in another NESCAC affair.