Behind Two Big Wins by Paul Gerdes '09, Cardinals Pick up First NESCAC Win by Downing Colby, 7-2

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In a total about-face of last year's result at Colby, Wesleyan had little trouble disposing of the Mules in Middletown Sun., March 29, 7-2. It was the opening NESCAC win of the year for the Cardinals who then traveled to Middlebury Sat., April 4 to take on the powerhouse Panthers. Middlebury captured that decision, 8-1.

Last year at Colby, the Cardinals won just one match while losing five singles matches in straight sets and all three doubles. This time out, the Cards got off to a good start as Graham Immerman '09 and Michael Piderit '12 combined for an 8-6 win at #2 doubles and Paul Gerdes '09 (photo) and Alejandro Alvarado '09 rolled to an 8-2 decision at #3 doubles.

Gerdes, one of only two Cardinals who played singles vs. Colby in 2008 to see action again this time out, yielded just two games in winning at #3. A year ago, he won just four games in the same spot in dropping a straight-set match. Also winning in two sets for Wesleyan were Immerman at #2 and Jaafar Rizvi '09 at #4. Matches for Piderit at #5 and Alvarado at #6 were reduced to pro sets to speed up action indoors with the team result no longer in doubt. The former won 9-7 while the latter captured an 8-4 triumph.

Playing indoors at Middlebury, Wesleyan got its lone win from #5 Piderit. Two other Cardinals pushed their Panther adversary to either three sets or at least a tie-breaker during the match. Those in that situation were #3 Gerdes and #4 Rizvi.

Wesleyan was to play at Trinity Wed., April 8 for another NESCAC contest, but the match was postponed due to cold weather. The teams made up the affair on Wed., April 15 with Trinity rolling to a 9-0 victory. All the double matches were reasonably close with the Cardinals winning five or six games in each but no Wesleyan player was able to seize a set from his Bantam opponent in singles play.

The squad will be at home Sat., April 18 in another NESCAC match, facing Hamilton.