Alex Hirsch '13 and Ravy Uong '13 Are the Keys to Cardinals' Opening NESCAC Win, 5-4 at Hamilton
Alex Hirsch '13 (left side of photo) and Ravy Uong '13 (right side of photo) combined to give Wesleyan a win at #2 doubles during the Cardinals' road match at NESCAC rival Hamilton Sat., April 3. Still it left Wesleyan trailing 2-1 heading into the singles matches.
Uong was a straight set winner at #4 as was top player Jeff Legunn '13 and #6 player Michael Glen '13. When the Continentals claimed victories at #2 and #5, the team result came down to the #3 singles affair. Hirsch corralled the first set, 6-2 but fell in the second set, 6-4. The winner of the third set would turn the team score in the direction of his team. Hirsch made that happen for the Cardinals as he came through with a 6-3 final set, giving Wesleyan a 5-4 win, the team's ninth victory of the year.
Wesleyan was back on the courts Thurs., April 8, visiting Little Three rival Amherst in another NESCAC match. The Cardinals were dominated by the Lord Jeffs, 9-0, the seventh straight win for Amherst since the Cards came through with a 4-1 win (seven-point team scoring, played to decision) back in 2003.
Legunn was the lone Cardinal to seize a set from his Lord Jeff rival while two others, #2 Michael Piderit '12 and Glen forced a set into a tie-breaker. At #5, Don Kleckner dropped one of his sets, 7-5.
On Sat., April 10, Wesleyan was back in action with a visit from national powerhouse Middlebury. The result was much the same as that at Amherst as the Panthers swept to a 9-0 victory, however, without yielding a set.
Wesleyan then traveled to Tufts Wed., April 14 and returned on the short end of an 8-1 count. Legunn was the Cardinal to taste victory as he won in a super-tie-breaker. Two other Cardinals - Hirsch and Glen - dropped matches in a super-tie-breaker while Uong went a full three sets for another tight setback.
The team's latest action was trip to Little Three foe Williams Tues., April 20. The Ephs rolled past the Cardinals, 9-0, as Legunn again had the most success as he captured seven games during his two sets. No other Wes player picked up more than two.
The Cards suffered another NESCAC disappointment after an excursion to Conn. College Thurs., April 22. MOved indoors due to bad weather, the match went the way of the host, 5-2, as the match was played to decision. Wesleyan's points came from #2 Piderit and the #3 doubles team of Legunn and Glen.
Wesleyan concludes its season at home Sun., April 25 against a Bates squad that knocked off Conn. College two weeks earlier, 9-0.