Facing #25-ranked nationally Colby on the road Sun., April 6 in a NESCAC affair, Wesleyan came away a 6-3 victor in the important matchup with serious NESCAC playoff implications. The victory gives the Cardinals a 3-2 conference mark. Two more wins might be enough to propel Wesleyan into the post-season tournament for the second straight year. Ahead was a key home battle with Trinity Thurs., April 10.
Against Colby, ranked seventh in the Northeast while Wesleyan is ranked 15th and ninth among the NESCAC teams, Sam Rudovsky '16 (right side photo) and Michael King '16 (left side photo) were winners in both singles and doubles as Rudovsky prevailed at #3 singles and King at #5. Rudovsky had an overwhelming 6-1, 6-1 decision while King came up with a 10-4 win in the super tie-breaker after splitting the first two sets. Also winning in singles was Stephen Monk '15 at #4 and Zacho Brint '16 at #6, the former in three sets and the latter in two. Jake Roberts '17 teamed with Rudovsky for a 9-7 win at #2 doubles. Michael Liu joined King for an 8-6 win at #3.
The match with Trinity was as close as the rankings of the two teams would indicate as with new rankings released April 10 had Wesleyan 29th nationally and ninth in the region. Trinity was 27th and seventh. Trinity captured the match 5-4. Wesleyan got singles victories from #2 Liu, 6-4, 6-4; #5 King, 0-6, 6-4, 6-1; and #6 Brint, 6-2. 6-4. Brint also helped Wesleyan win at #3 doubles, paired with Charlie Seifer '15 for a 9-7 victory. Two of Wesleyan's three losses in singles play came in three sets.
Wesleyan had the daunting task of hosting Middlebury, ranked eighth nationally, Sat., April 12. The Cardinals captured two matches with Liu again victorious, winning 10-8 in a super tie-breaker, while Brint and Seifer came through with an 8-6 third-doubles conquering. At the top singles rung, Roberts took his rival down to the wire, winning the opening set, 6-4, but losing in a tie-breaker in the second set, and coming up short in the third, 6-4.
It didn't get any easier for the Cardinals as their next match took place at Amherst against the #3-ranked nationally Lord Jeffs Sat., April 19. Amherst posted a 9-0 win. Top Wesleyan performances came from #5 King, who recovered from a 6-0 loss in the first set to take the second set, 6-4, before dropping a super tie-breaker, 10-8. At #1 doubles, Roberts and Rudovsky fell by the slimmest of margins, 9-8. Also playing tough was Monk at #3, pushing his rival to a tie-breaker in the second set.
The Cardinals close out the regular season Sun., April 27, hosting Bates.