MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The sixth-ranked Wesleyan men's tennis team won its first dual match of the 2019-20 season this afternoon at the John Wood Memorial Tennis Courts. Wesleyan edged No. 7 Bowdoin, 5-4, with the Cardinals taking four of the six singles matches.
The match between the two conference foes does not count towards each team's respective NESCAC records, as this was a non-conference result. The two sides will meet again, this time at Bowdoin, on Saturday, March 28 in a game that will be a conference matchup.
- The Polar Bears seized control in the doubles portion, taking a 2-1 lead as Bowdoin's #1 and #3 doubles teams earned 8-5 and 8-6 victories, respectively
- Wesleyan's #2 doubles team of Zach Fleischman and Andrew Finkelman earned a crucial 8-7 victory as the Cardinals needed every point to edge past their NESCAC rival in this early Top-10 matchup
- Trailing 2-1, Wesleyan dominated the singles portion as the Cardinals won four of the six matches, all of which in straight sets
- Adrian Roji won at #2 with a 6-3, 6-4 decision while the three other singles matches all ended in convincing wins for the Cardinals
- Noah Lilienthal won 6-3, 6-1 at #3 singles while Peter Anker won at #4 (6-2, 6-2) and Zach Lieb earned a win at #6 (6-2, 6-3)
- Andrew Finkelman was locked in a heated dual with Bowdoin's Evan Fortier at #1 singles as Finkelman lost the first set 6-1 before storming back for a 6-0 second set victory. The third and decision set came down to a tiebreak and Fortier pulled away with a 7-3 tiebreak victory to take the final set and match, 6-1, 0-6, 7-6.
- The Cardinals are expected to play again before their next scheduled match on Wednesday, March 18 against Coast Guard (3:30 PM start). Stay tuned to the team's schedule page for up-to-date changes as they're made in the coming week.