LEWISTON, Maine – Trailing 2-1 after doubles play, the fourth-seeded Wesleyan University men's tennis team rallied in singles action to defeat fifth-seeded Tufts University in the first round of the 2016 NESCAC Championships Friday, 5-3. It was the Cardinals' first win in the conference tournament in program history.
Wesleyan: 13-5, 7-3 NESCAC
Tufts: 13-7, 6-3 NESCAC
- Wesleyan picked up its only doubles win from the No. 3 position, as Sam Rudovsky '16 and Joachim Samson '19 won 8-4 over Griffin Brockman and Zain Ali.
- The Cardinals needed to win four of six singles matches to advance to the second round.
- Steven Chen '18 claimed No. 1 singles over Jay Glickman with wins of 6-3 and 6-4.
- In No. 3 singles, Tiago Eusebio '18 defeated Ali by scores of 6-2 and 6-4.
- Samson and Jake Roberts '17 won No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Samson earned wins of 6-2 and 6-3 over Rob Jacobson, and Roberts defeated Danny Coran 6-3 and 6-4.
- Cameron Daniels '18 also had a lead over Nick Cary in No. 5 singles before Wesleyan clinched the win. He took the first set 7-6, and was leading 4-1 in the second.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With the win, Wesleyan has now won eight straight matches.
- In just their second appearance in the conference tournament, the Cardinals earned their first win in program history to advance to the semifinals.
- Wesleyan also defeated Tufts in the regular season head-to-head match on April 9, 8-1. Friday's match was the first-ever meeting between the NESCAC rivals in postseason play.
- The Cardinals are ranked No. 11 in the latest ITA national team rankings, and Tufts is ranked No. 13.
- Wesleyan advances to the second round and will play top-seeded Middlebury tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Wallach Tennis Center on the campus of Bates College. The Panthers are ranked No. 3 in the country.