Men’s Tennis Comes Up Short in NCAA Quarterfinal Action Against Middlebury

Men’s Tennis Comes Up Short in NCAA Quarterfinal Action Against Middlebury

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The No. 5 Wesleyan men's tennis team saw its run in the NCAA Tournament come up short on Monday evening when the Cardinals fell 5-2 to No. 6 Middlebury. This was the third meeting between the two teams, with each squad having previously claimed a victory. With the loss, the Cardinals conclude their historic season with a program-record 16 wins. On Friday, Wesleyan will see Andrew Finkelman (singles) and duo Noah Lilienthal and Adrian Roji (doubles) begin competition in the NCAA Individual Championships. 

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DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Cardinal earned the first point of the match when Princeton Carter and Jonathan Holtzman picked up an 8-2 victory over Middlebury's Noah Farrell and Alex Vanezis at #2 doubles.
  • Wesleyan increased its lead to 2-0 in the top-slot as Lilienthal and Roji topped Panther tandem Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin. The match saw six ties, but the Cardinal duo was able to win two-straight games to pick up the 8-6 triumph.
  • Middlebury got on the board at #3 when Nate Eazor and Andre Xiao picked up an 8-4 win over Finkelman and Marcus Sweeney, leaving the Cardinals with a 2-1 edge heading into singles.

SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Panthers knotted the contest at 2-2 when Eazor eased past Carter 6-0, 6-2 at #5.
  • Middlebury took a 3-2 edged in the match when Wesleyan's Anker fell to Farrell at #2 (6-4, 6-0).
  • Cuba earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory at #1 over Finkelman, before Xiao clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Lilienthal at #3.
  • Roji and Adam Guo had split sets at #4 (6-2, 5-7), while at #6 Zach Lieb fell 6-3 in the first set, but was up 6-5 to Stanley Morris when the match was clinched.