Spending five days in Orlando, Fla. for warm-weather training, the Cardinals played four matches during the excursion and the #2 doubles tandem of Jeff Legunn'13 (right side photo) and Michael King '16 (left side photo) posted a perfect 4-0 mark. Legunn, playing #4 singles, had a 3-1 record, tops in the singles ranks. Wesleyan, as a team, went 1-3 with a solid 6-3 victory over Franklin & Marshall Thurs., March 14. Prior to that, the team fell to a pair of Div. I squads Valparaiso (4-3) and Creighton (5-2) Tues., March 12 and Wed., March 13, respectively. The venture ended with a tough 5-4 setback to ASA College Fri., March 15.
Legunn and King not only won each of their doubles matches, they won by the identical score of 8-6 each time out. Legunn's only singles loss came against Creighton. In that match, #1 Stephen Monk '15 was a standout, winning his singles affair while also teaming with Donovan Suh '15 for a victory at #3 doubles. Against F&M, Sam Rudovsky '13, Zach Brint '16 and Ben Hudson '15 joined Legunn as singles victors. Legunn and Hudson claimed wins in singles vs. ASA and the Cardinals nearly swept the doubles as the pair of Brint and Rudovsky fell by a slim 9-7 decision with Legunn/King and Monk/Suh getting victories. Brint also came close to giving Wesleyan a clincher in singles, but fell in a third-set tie-breaker.
It was three weeks before the team hit match mode again, but when it did Sat., April 6, it was be against ninth-ranked nationally Middlebury in Vermont to begin a string of seven straight NESCAC matches to close out the dual-match season. Wesleyan dropped the match against the Panthers, 7-2, taking first and second doubles matches as the Legunn/King tandem stayed unblemished with an 8-5 win. Also winning 8-5 was the pair of brint and Rudovsky. King pushed his Panther rival to three sets at #2 singles and Rudovsky dropped two tight sets, 6-7, 4-6.
Up next for the team is a trip to Trinity Wed., April 10.