Men’s Tennis Suffers First NESCAC Setback of the Year at #5 Wesleyan

Men’s Tennis Suffers First NESCAC Setback of the Year at #5 Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.— Seventh-ranked Amherst College saw their nine-game winning streak and perfect New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's tennis record come to an end on Sunday morning as the Mammoths fell to #5 Wesleyan 6-1. 

The Cardinals (11-3, 4-2 NESCAC) won a tiebreak at third doubles to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back, winning the first four singles matches to secure the victory before the match was called with fifth and sixth singles unplayed. 

Down 1-0, Amherst evened the match with a win at #2 doubles, by Zach Bessette '19 and Harris Foulkes '22. The tandem won 8-5 to square proceedings after Adrian Roji and Noah Lilienthal won 8-5 at #1 doubles for the Cardinals. 

Damien Ruparel '22 and William Turchetta '22 fought to a tiebreak at third doubles, but Wesleyan sophomores Andrew Finkelman and Marcus Sweeney took the point for the home team with a 7-1 tiebreak victory. 

Wesleyan first year Peter Anker was first to get on the board in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win at #2 over Kevin Ma '21. 

At #1, Finkelman, ranked #6 in the Northeast, played well from start to finish in a takedown of Sean Wei '21, currently ranked #14. 

The match was clinched at #3, where Roji sealed it moments after Finkelman's win with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jayson Fung '20. Fung was up a break in the first set, but Roji battled back to take the set and stayed solid to wrap it up in straight sets.

At #4, Lilienthal topped Bessette in a 6-3, 6-4 decision.

Amherst's final regular season match will be against defending national champions Middlebury. The Mammoths will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday April 27th before their 12:00 PM match against the Panthers.

Wesleyan still has three more NESCAC matches in the coming days, starting on Wednesday against Trinity. That match is scheduled for a 3:30 start in Hartford at Trinity.