Amherst Edged Out of NESCAC Tourney by Cardinals

Amherst Edged Out of NESCAC Tourney by Cardinals

AMHERST, Mass. – Despite a valiant effort in singles play to overcome a four-point deficit, Amherst College was defeated 5-3 by Wesleyan University on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's tennis tournament.

The #4 seed entering play, the Mammoths fall to 11-6 on the year, while the fifth-seeded Cardinals improve to 9-8 and advance to play #1 Bowdoin on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

Wesleyan seized control of the match with three points at doubles, including coming out on the right side of a 9-8 thriller at #3 between Adrian Roji/Win Smith and Jon Heidenberg '19/Jesse Levitin '19.

Sean Wei '21 and Jayson Fung '20 fell 8-3 at the top spot to Tiago Eusebio and Princeton Carter and Wesleyan's Steven Chen and Cam Daniels beat Zach Bessette '19 and Kevin Ma '21 8-4.

Carter made it 4-0 for the visitors with a quick 6-2, 6-0 win over Heidenberg at #6 singles.

Amherst fought their way back with a 7-6, 7-5 win by Wei at the top flight and a 6-3, 6-2 win by Ma at #2 over Andrew Finkelman.

Bessette earned a third point for the Mammoths with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Eusebio at #3 singles, but Wesleyan clinched the match when Daniels held on for a comeback win at #4, besting Fung 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The final match, a duel between Levitin and Roji, was tied at six in a third set tiebreak when Daniels delivered the final point for Wesleyan.