Coming off a program-record tying 13-win performance during the 2011-12 season, Wesleyan men's tennis will be setting its sights on its NESCAC rivals as the central focus of the 2012-13 season. A year ago, the Cardinals went 12-0 against non-conference rivals but just 1-7 in the NESCAC. With 10 of 11 lettermen a year ago returning and the influx of four freshmen and a few upperclass newcomers, Wesleyan hopes to improve its conference record and make a run at qualifying for the NESCAC tournament.
Equaling the mark of 2001-02 squad which also went 13-7, the 2011-12 team was led by #1 standout and team tri-captain Jeff Legunn '13 (right side photo), who posted a 10-5 singles mark and a 6-7 doubles record. He will be at the #1 slot on the ladder for the fourth straight year and has a 35-15 career singles record. All six singles starters from a year ago return with Stephen Monk '15, Ben Hudson '15,Donovan Suh '15, team tri-captain Donald Kleckner '13 (photo lower left), and Charlie Seifer '15 occupying slots 2-6 , respectively, for the most part. Legunn and Kleckner were teaming up at #1 doubles at the end of the 2012 spring season while Hudson and Suh seemed to have the #2 spot under control. Ten different tandems were involved in the #3 doubles position with team tri-captain Michael Glen '15 (photo upper left) seen most often with graduated partner Robert Troyer '12, who now moves into an assistant coaching position. Others back from 2011-12 include Zach Mintz '15, Jonathan Coombs '15 and Alex Rachlin '15. Mintz began the year at #2 before being sidelined, then worked his way back into the lineup sparingly during the spring.
Interim Head Coach Mike Fried will be looking to splice in some new talent with frosh prospects Michael King '16 and Sam Rudovsky '16 the most likely candidates.
The fall seasons features five dual matches, beginning with a home double-header Sat., Sept. 8, facing Coast Guard in the morning and Nichols in the afternoon. Also on the fall slate are Litle Three rivals Williams and Amherst, two of the top programs in the country, and Babson. Several individuals and a doubles team or two will compete in the annual ITA regional tournament as well, this year being hosted by Williams the end of September. Seven NESCAC matches highlight the spring schedule.