Men's Tennis Enjoys Five Match NESCAC Win Streak, Gets First-Ever Invite to NESCAC Championship
Avenging a 6-3 loss to Conn. College during the 2011-12 season, Wesleyan posted an 8-1 victory over the Camels Sun., April 21, then added a dominating 9-0 win over Colby Sat., April 27, and in doing so has secured its first ever invitation to the NESCAC post-season tournament as a top-six squad. This is the eighth season the NESCAC has used a six-team bracket to determine its conference champion. With wins this season over Trinity, Hamilton, Tufts, Conn. College and Colby, Wesleyan was considered above these five teams in the selection process. Bowdoin is ineligible for tournament qualification this year, so that put Wesleyan in the top six. The Cardinals ended the regular season with a visit to Bates, and the Bobcats, also a NESCAC tournament team, took a 6-3 decision to end Wesleyan's five match win streak. Wesleyan and Bates are slated to meet again in the first round of the NESCAC Championship which starts Fri., May 3 at Amherst.
Against Conn, four Cardinals were victorious in both singles and doubles play, including Jeff Legunn '13 (left side photo), one of two seniors honored during senior day. Legunn came back to win in a third-set super tie-breaker, 10-8, after dropping his first set at #4 singles, 6-1, then winning the second set, 7-6. He had teamed with Michael King '16 for an 8-2 win at #2 doubles. At #1 singles, Stephen Monk '15 (right side photo) produced a 6-3, 7-5 win to go along with his 8-2 triumph at #3 doubles, paired with Donovan Suh '15. Sam Rudovsky '16 came through with a 7-6, 6-2 win at #3 singles, complementing his 8-4 #1 doubles conquest, joined by Zach Brint '16, who also had a resounding 6-1, 6-3 win at #5 singles. Wesleyan's most convincing win came from #6 singles Ben Hudson '15 with a 6-2, 6-0 performance.
Wesleyan did not lose a set in defeating the Mules with Rudovsky's 6-2, 6-1 triumph the most impressive. No Cardinal yielded more than five games over his two-set win. All three doubles paors won by the identical 8-4 count.
At Bates, Wesleyan winners were Rudovsky and Hudson in third-set super tie-breakers and Legunn in straight sets. Two other matches came down to the wire as Brint fell, 10-8, in a third-set super tie-breaker and the third doubles team of Monk and Suh dropped a 9-7 result. Cardinal triumphs in those two matches would have given Wesleyan a 5-4 team win.
The seedings for the NESCAC tournament were released Mon., April 29. Amherst is #1, followed by Williams, Middlebury, Bates, Wesleyan and Tufts.