Jeff Legunn '13 (right-side photo) teamed with his usual partner from 2009-10 Michael Piderit '12 (left-side photo), who was abroad during the first semester of 2010-11, to account for three Cardinal victories as Wesleyan opened a five-match trip to Orlando, Fla., with a 7-2 victory over St. Francis (IL) Sun., March 6. Next up was a match with Rochester Mon., March 7, a team that defeated Wesleyan, 7-2, in Florida a year ago.
Wesleyan swept the singles matches vs. St. Francis, all in straight sets, with #1 Legunn, #2 Piderit, #3 Ravy Uong '13, #4 Alex Hirsch '13, #5 Garrett Blank '11 and #6 Michael Glen '13 all getting the job done. Legunn and Piderit were the lone doubles victors, combining for an 8-3 decision at #1.
Legunn and Piderit got it cranking against Rochester as well, winning in straight sets including a decisive 6-1, 6-0 victory for Piderit. Legunn eked out a 7-6, 7-5 triumph. Also scoring for the Cardinals was John Parsons '13 at #6 in two sets as the Yellow Jackets claimed a 6-3 team victory.
On Tues., March 8, Wesleyan took on Drew for just the third time in history and the first time since 2004. Wesleyan captured both previous meetings but this time, Drew snuck past the Cardinals, 5-4. Legunn improved to 5-1 in Florida with a straight-set singles win while he and Piderit also prevailed in doubles. But Drew took the remaining two doubles matches and claimed three singles victories, two of them in three-set matches. Glen and Parsons were the other singles winners for Wesleyan, each conquering their Drew rivals in two sets.
With two matches remaining in Florida, Wesleyan took on St. Cloud St. Wed., March 9, then closed out the journey Thurs., March 10 vs. Wheaton (IL). A rare tie resulted vs. St. Cloud as Glen was unable to finish his match at #6 singles after splitting sets and leading 3-1 in the third when bad weather rolled in. Again, the Cardinals got three teams points from Legunn and Piderit while Parsons added a victory, this time playing #4 singles.
The Cardinals finished on a high note by downing Wheaton, 5-4, as Legunn and Piderit supplied three points once again. Legunn finished the trip 5-0 in singles and 4-1 in doubles while Piderit was 4-1 in both venues. With time to complete his match, Glen made the most of the opportunity with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory, giving the Cardinals a split in singles play. A second doubles point came the Cardinals' way as Donald Kleckner '12, who five days earlier was in skates helping Wesleyan battle Williams in a NESCAC tournament men's ice hockey semi-final game, paired with Hirsch for an 8-6 win at #2.
The next action for the squad will be Sat., March 26 when Wesleyan hosts Amherst in a Little Three/NESCAC matchup.