Stephen Monk '15 (main photo) teamed with Donald Kleckner '13 for a convincing 8-2 victory at third doubles as Wesleyan carred a 2-1 lead in singles play against Babson Fri., Oct. 5. Also winning for Wesleyan was the doubles tandem of Zach Brint '16 and Michael King '16 at #1, 8-6.
But the Cardinals came up with only two victories in singles action as Monk came back after dropping a first-set tie-breaker to take the next two sets, 6-2, 6-3 for a win at #2 and Charlie Seifer '15 produced a straight-set triumph at #6, 6-4, 6-4. The other four matches went to the Beavers as they claimed a 5-4 win, just their second ever win over Wesleyan in 16 all-time meetings. Babson had taken the first match between the squads during the 1996-97 season before Wesleyan rattled off 14 in a row through 2010-11.
The final action of the fall came up for the Cardinals Sat., Oct. 13 when Amherst visited Middletown. Wesleyan gave it the old college try against its Little Three rival and got a solid win at #4 singles from Sam Rudovsky '16 (photo insert lower right), 6-2, 6-2, but Amherst took the other eight points, but not without a fight. Jeff Legunn '13 at #1 singles, King at #3 and Brint at #6 all took a set from their Lord Jeff rivals and fell in a super tie-breaker. Legunn fell, 11-9; King, 10-7; and Brint, also 10-7 in the super tie-breaker. Also stretching Amherst to the brink was the #1 doubles tandem of King and Brint as they fell, 9-8.
The Cardinals will resume action during their March break trip south for training and matches.