Men’s Tennis Drops Close Match to Conn. College
After a hard-fought victory against Hamilton, the Cardinals had ten days to prepare for their upcoming match against Connecticut College. Perhaps the time off was a little too much—Wesleyan started off slowly and was never able to regroup in time to challenge for the match.
“We got off to a slow start in doubles,” said Michael Glen ’13. “First and second doubles both lost going into our singles matches. Conn just jumped out to an early lead in most matches and maintained them.”
The match ended 6-3 in favor of the Camels; however, there were still a number of strong performances from Wesleyan. Juniors Jeff Legunn and Donald Kleckner were undoubtedly the top performers for the Cardinals on this particular Wednesday. Legunn, playing at his usual #1 seeded spot, managed to win in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Kleckner was dominant in his singles performance at the #4 spot as well. He won in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, versus a former Massachusetts doubles state champion. The third doubles team of freshmen Stephen Monk ’15 and Charlie Seifer ’15 rounded out the winning for the Cardinals by taking their match eight games to five before heading into singles matches.
At the #6 seed, Seifer managed to battle his way to a super-10 tiebreaker despite the already-decided outcome between Wesleyan and Connecticut. The freshman went down 12-10 in the tiebreaker, but only after he took a set against his opponent and proved he was up to the challenge of playing in starting matches.
Despite losing the match on Wednesday against Connecticut College, the Cardinals have still managed to tie the all-time school record for victories in a season. With one conference match still remaining in the regular season, Wesleyan hopes to shock the next opponent in order to not only break the wins record but also to grab another conference victory.
Wesleyan will conclude its successful season this Saturday at 1 p.m. when the squad travels to take on defending national champions Amherst College. The Lord Jeffs are currently ranked first in the country and serve as a great measuring stick for the future of the men’s tennis program.