MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 5 Wesleyan University men's tennis team qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III Team Championships for the first time in program history, and earned a first round bye. The Cardinals will play the winner of John Carroll (16-7) and Goucher (15-10) in the second round on Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m. on the campus of site host Johns Hopkins.
SCOUTING NO. 5 WESLEYAN (13-3):
- The Cardinals are riding a historic season into the postseason tournament, in which they won the NESCAC regular season title for the first time in program history with an 8-1 record.
- Wesleyan is an incredible 9-3 against teams ranked within the top-25, and also defeated Division I opponent Quinnipiac on the road, 4-3.
- On April 9th, the Cardinals defeated Little Three rival and then-No. 9 Williams College, 6-3. It was their first win over the Ephs since 1972.
- As a team, Wesleyan boasts an overall record of 65-27 (.707) in singles play and a 32-16 (.667) mark in doubles action.
- Leading the way is the team's No. 1 singles player and All-American, Steven Chen '18, who was recently selected to compete at the NCAA Division III Individual Championships.
- Seniors Michael Liu and Jake Roberts, the No. 19 doubles team in the country, were selected as doubles alternates for the national individual tournament. The duo is 8-8 this season in the No. 1 spot.
- Tiago Eusebio '18 and Maxwell Smith '19 have excelled in No. 2 doubles this season and own a 13-3 overall record. Eusebio has also shined in singles play and is 11-3 overall. He is 2-0 in No. 2 singles and 9-3 in the No. 3 spot.
- Cameron Daniels '18 and Joachim Samson '18 own 10-5 and 9-5 records, respectively, playing in the middle of the lineup.
- Wesleyan has also received excellent play from freshman Princeton Carter, who is 10-3 overall in singles action in his first collegiate season. He is 3-0 in No. 5 singles and 7-3 in the No. 6 position.
SCOUTING THE FIELD:
- Friday's first round matchups pin John Carroll against Goucher, and No. 30 Christopher Newport (14-9) against Franciscan (10-10). Christopher Newport defeated Franciscan 5-0 and will play the host, No. 17 Johns Hopkins (16-2), in the second round Saturday.
- John Carroll is the automatic qualifier from the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), going a perfect 8-0 during the regular season and cruising to three consecutive 5-0 wins in the conference tournament. The Blue Streaks are making their third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and are 1-2 overall in the postseason.
- Goucher is the automatic qualifier from the Landmark Conference, and returns to the postseason for a second consecutive season and third time overall. The Gophers are 1-2 all-time in the tournament.
- Christopher Newport is ranked No. 30 in the country and won the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament by defeating then-No. 17 Mary Washington in the finals, 5-3. The Captains have won six of their last seven, with the lone loss against Johns Hopkins (8-1) in their regular season finale. Christopher Newport is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008, and second overall. In 2008, they went 1-1.
- Johns Hopkins has won nine-straight after losing back-to-back matches on April 9 and April 14 – the team's only losses of the season. The Blue Jays won the automatic qualifier from the Centennial Conference following a clean 5-0 sweep in the title match against Swarthmore. They are making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and are 15-11 all-time.