Men's Tennis Dominates Hamilton to Inaugurate Spring Campaign - Goes 4-1 in Florida with Only Loss to Div. I Creighton, 4-3
Dominating Hamilton, 9-0, to start the spring portion of the 2013-14 season, the Cardinals did not lose a set in sweeping the Continentals. In singles, the Cardinals captured 72 games during the six matches while surrendering a mere 19 on their way to the NESCAC triumph. At #1, Jake Roberts '17 took a 6-1, 6-2 decision, as did Michael Liu '17 (photo) at #2 and Stephen Monk '15 at #4. Sam Rudovsky '16 was a 6-4, 6-3 victor at #3 while Michael King '16 collared a 6-1, 6-1 match. Most decisive on the day was Zacho Brint '16 at #6 behind a 6-1, 6-0 win.
Brint and Greg Lyon '17 joined forces for a 9-8 win at first doubles. King and Liu were victorious at second doubles, 8-4. Rudovsky and Roberts had little trouble disposing of their Continental rivals at third doubles with a 6-1 decision.
The squad began its five-match swing to Orlando, Fla., by facing Wingate, ranked 42nd nationally in Division II, Tues., March 11. Roberts again was a singles and doubles winner, taking a three-set singles decision, 10-8 in the super tie-breaker, and combining with Rudovsky for an 8-2 doubles triumph. Wesleyan got three others singles victories, two of them in a third-set super tie-breaker from Liu (13-11) and King (10-5). Brint was a solid 6-4, 6-2 winner in his match.
The team then faced Franklin & Marshall Wed., March 12, and downed the Diplomats comfortably, 8-1. While Roberts again needed a super tie-breaker for a win at #1 singles, the rest of the Cardinals zipped through their matches in straight sets. Second and third doubles were both 8-1 Cardinal victories.
Wesleyan had a stiff challenge during its third match in Florida Thurs., March 13, facing Division I Creighton, which defeated Wesleyan, 5-2, in Florida last year. Wesleyan won two of three doubles matches and two singles matches this time out for a 4-3 setback using Div. I scoring methods. All six singles matches were decided comfortably in straight sets with Wesleyan's wins coming from Liu at #2 (6-1, 6-2) and Monk at #4 (6-2, 6-4). Brint and Lyon took the first doubles match, 8-3, while Rudovsky and Roberts were victorious at #3, 8-5.
Wesleyan took on Aquinas, ranked 10th nationally in the NAIA, on Fri., March 14. Wesleyan pulled out a 5-4 decision with exciting three-set wins from Roberts and King. Also winning in singles with straight-set conquests were Lui and Monk. The Cardinals got a doubles win from Robert and Rudovsky, 8-3.
The Florida swing closed out Sat, March 15 with a meeting vs. Palm Beach Atlantic. Wesleyan came through with a 6-3 win, capturing five singles matches. Roberts, Liu, Monk, King and Brint all came away winners with Liu taking a three-set decision, 7-5 in the third. That wrapped up an undefeated (5-0) Florida trip for him at #2 singles. Wesleyan also got a victory at #3 doubles from Rudovky and Roberts as they, too, went 5-0 during the excursion.
Wesleyan returns to action up north Sat., March 29 with a NESCAC match at Conn. College.