Cardinals Open Seven-Match Slate in Florida with a Pair of Dramatic 5-4 Victories, Currently 6-0 Down South
After having their initial match of the spring campaign vs. Wayne St. cancelled due to rain, the Cardinals got underway with a pair of matches Mon., March 12 in Orlando, facing Monmouth and Drew. Wesleyan emerged with a pair of hard-fought 5-4 victories, using 11 different players in singles during the two tilts. Ben Hudson '15 (photo) was the only Cardinal to play singles in both matches and posted a pair of wins, capturing a three-set affair at #1 vs. Monmouth and a straight-set win at #4 vs. Drew.
Wesleyan took five of the six singles affairs against Drew to come away with the win. While Stephen Monk '15 at #2, Hudson, Charlie Seifer '15 at #5 and Zach Mintz '15 at #6 were all winning in straight sets, #1 Jeff Legunn '14 took a dramatic three-set match, winning 7-6 in the clinching set, to secure the team decision. Wesleyan had dropped all three doubles matches, so the Cardinals were in a 3-0 hole at the start of singles.
Wesleyan led 2-1 after doubles against Monmouth and split the six singles matches with wins coming from Hudson, Michael Glen '13 at #3, and Jonathan Coombs '15 at #6. Coombs and Alex Racklin '15 had combined for a team point at #2 doubles while Robert Troyer '12 and Glen were victorious at #3 doubles.
Wesleyan had another two-match day on Tues., March 13 when the Cardinals did battle with St. Ambrose and RPI. Wesleyan made short work of St. Ambrose with a 9-0 victory, yielding just 15 games in total during the six singles matches as each Cardinal won in straight sets. Wesleyan gave up only seven games in doubles action. The Cardinals then took five of six singles matches and two of three doubles affairs to down RPI, 7-2. Legunn, Donald Kleckner '13 and Monk all won in both singles and doubles play.
Wesleyan had its third straight day of two-match action, facing Knox and St. Lawrence Wed., March 14. And for the third day in a row, Wesleyan went 2-0, bringing its southern mark to 6-0, 11-1 overall this year. Again Wesleyan used very few of the same players in both matches as 11 players covered singles action on the day with all of them winning. Donovan Suh '15 was the only Cardinal to play in both matches as he won at #1 singles vs. Knox and at #4 singles vs. St. Lawrence.
Wesleyan will be looking to make it a clean sweep of its seven matches when Wisc.-La Crosse provides the competition on the final day of the trip Thurs., March 15.